Utah Lawyer Stephen Howard
Call Utah Estate Planning Attorney
Call Utah Wills Trusts Lawyer
Utah Attorney Stephen W. Howard - Call 801-449-1409
Estate Planning Solutions Start HereSM
Utah Attorney Stephen Howard - Canyons Law Group

Estate Planning Solutions Start HereSM
Attorney for Last Will and Testament in UtahUtah Family Trust LawyerUtah Advance Health Care Directive Salt Lake Davis WeberUtah Guardianship Attorney Salt Lake Weber DavisUtah Attorney for Revocable Living TrustsUtah Estate Planning Attorneys Salt Lake Davis WeberUtah Probate Attorneys Salt Lake Weber DavisUtah Family Law Attorney Salt Lake Davis Weber

Advance Health Care Directives in Utah

Advance Health Care Directive Attorney UtahUtah law provides a means of combining two different but related estate planning tools - a medical power of attorney and a living will - into a single, relatively simple document - an advance health care directive. This a common document that many people have seen or even completed when they have been in the hospital for surgery or other care. But even those who have completed an advance health care directive may not fully understand the important role that this document can play in a complete estate plan. Contact us today to see how one of our attorneys can help you establish a complete estate plan that will help protect you and those you love.

Medical Power of Attorney

In general terms, a power of attorney is a document that authorizes one person (the agent) to act on behalf of another person (the principal). More specifically, a medical power of attorney allows you to designate and authorize another individual to act as your agent, to communicate with health care providers, access health records, and even make decisions on your behalf. Depending on the terms set forth in the medical power of attorney, some of these authorities may only be exercised by your agent in the event that you become incapacitated. But you can also designate other actions that the agent can take on your behalf even while you remain competent.

Living Will

Because of its name, a "living will" is sometimes confused with a "last will" or "living trust." But a living will performs a very different function, allowing you to express preferences regarding end-of-life decisions and care. Utah law establishes certain defaults for determining who may make these decisions when a person has become incapacitated or is no longer able to communicate their wishes to those who are providing care. But by establishing a living will, you can override those defaults and designate the individual who is authorized to make those end-of-life care decisions, and can also clarify your wishes in regard to specific matters ranging from organ donation to the provision of comfort care and the withdrawal of life-sustaining care.

Utah Advance Health Care Directive

A medical power of attorney and a living will can both play important roles in helping family members and loved ones during difficult times. Decisions relating to end-of-life care are almost always difficult, even when a loved one has clearly made his or her wishes known. By executing an advance health care directive, you can communicate your wishes relating to health care during a period of temporary incapacity or relating to end-of-life decisions. An advance health care directive also allows you to designate and authorize a specific person to carry out those wishes and to act on your behalf.

Making these decisions ahead of time and establishing the legal authorization necessary to carry out those decisions can help ensure that your wishes are respected. It can also relieve your loved ones of the burden of making these decisions during a time of crisis.

The Utah Legislature has, by statute, established certain standards and guidelines for the contents and execution of an advance health care directive. Many hospitals have a standardized form that they offer to patients who are interested in executing an advance health care directive. While it may sometimes be necessary to create a custom-drafted health care directive, the standardized forms generally provide enough flexibility to allow you to thoroughly express your wishes on relevant matters.

Finding an Estate Planning Attorney for an Advance Health Care Directive

A Utah advance health care directive can play an important role as part of a complete estate plan. In many cases, we can assist you in understanding and executing an advance health care directive at no extra charge when we create a complete customized estate plan for you. Contact us today to see how our attorneys can help you.

Best Rating
Make a Payment to Your Account
Contact a Lawyer
** All fields are required. **
I accept the disclaimer below.
Disclaimer: No attorney-client relationship is established by the use of this form. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be submitted through this form. By clicking 'submit' I am only requesting that I be contacted for the purpose of obtaining legal services.

This form protected by reCAPTCHA.

Best Rating

Estate Planning Attorney Wills & Trusts Estate Planning - Setting up a good estate plan requires more than filling out a free online form or downloading software. But a good estate plan does not have to be overly expensive. A good attorney can guide you through the process of determining what estate planning tools are right for you and your family, and then create personalized estate planning documents to protect you and your family, and give you the peace of mind you deserve. Contact us today to start the process of setting up a personalized estate plan.

Estate Planning »
Criminal Defense Lawyer UtahCriminal Defense - A criminal conviction can carry serious consequences. If you are facing criminal prosecution in Utah, the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney can give you the best chance of raising a successful defense. Stephen Howard has years of experience successfully defending serious criminal charges ranging from capital murder to DUI. Contact us today to see what the right attorney can do for you.

Criminal Defense »
Utah Family Law Attorney Family Law - The legal issues involved in Utah family law cases are some of the most important and personal issues you may ever face. Whether you are facing divorce, trying to obtain guardianship for a loved one, making plans to adopt, addressing child custody, support, alimony, or other legal matters relating to your family, choosing the right attorney to help you is a critical decision. Contact us to get the help you need.

Family Law »
Injury and Accident Attorney in Utah Accidents & Injuries - An accident can severly affect your ability to work, your ability to care for and support your family. Injuries can leave you with life-long pain and disabilities. If you have been seriously injured or have been in an accident that was not your fault, you need an attorney who can help ensure that your rights are protected and that you receive compensation you are entitled to. Call now for an initial consultation.

Accidents & Injuries »
Home | Utah Legal Resources | Faq | Utah Estate Planning | Utah Criminal Defense | Contact Us

Serving Salt Lake, Davis, Weber, Utah, Cache, Tooele, Summit, Box Elder, Morgan, and Wasatch Counties - and all of Utah.

Stephen W. Howard is Utah attorney, practicing as part of the Canyons Law Group, LLC.
With offices in Salt Lake and Davis Counties, we are pleased to provide legal services to clients throughout Utah.
Call 801-449-1409 to arrange for a confidential initial consultation.

Stephen W. Howard, PC

The materials in this website are intended for informational purposes only, and are not legal advice. Viewing or responding to materials or information in this site does not create an attorney-client relationship. Read Full Disclaimer.