Georgia Advance Healthcare Directives

Georgia’s advanced healthcare directives outline the medical treatments you want. Doctors use this for treatment decisions when you’re incapacitated. We make sure your doctor considers your religion, values, and morals. It also removes the burden of life-or-death decisions from your family. Fill out the form to get your advance directive today.

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What Is An Advance Healthcare Directive?

An advanced directive for healthcare in Georgia tells doctors what kind of medical care you want.

This gives them direction on how to treat you when you’re incapacitated.

Here are the main parts of the directive:

  1. What Treatment You Want: You write down if you want certain medical treatments or not. This could include things like using breathing machines or feeding tubes.
  2. End-of-Life Care: It includes specific instructions about your preferences for end-of-life care.
  3. Healthcare Proxy or POA: You can appoint a healthcare proxy or durable POA for healthcare. This person makes medical decisions on your behalf when incapacitated.
  4. Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) Orders: You decide if you want doctors to try and restart your heart or breathing if they stop.
  5. Organ Donation: You can choose if you want to donate your organs if you pass away.

The rules for these papers are different in different places.

So it’s important to make yours follow your local laws.

Fill out the form on this page for an attorney to guide you through this. 

What Are The 3 Types Of Advance Directives?

The three types of advance directives are:

  1. Living Will: This outlines your wishes for medical treatment. It gets referenced when you become incapacitated, especially for end-of-life care.
  2. Healthcare POA: You appoint someone to make medical decisions on your behalf if you’re unable to do so.
  3. Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) Order: A DNR specifies that you do not want doctors to perform CPR or other life-saving measures. This is when your heart stops or if you stop breathing.

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What Do Advance Healthcare Directives Do?

Advance healthcare directives let you make decisions about your future medical care.

Here’s what they do:

  1. They tell doctors your treatment choices if you can’t speak for yourself.
  2. They let you choose someone to make healthcare decisions for you in this situation.
  3. They can include specific wishes for end-of-life care.
  4. They can say whether you want life-support treatments or not.
  5. They can include your choices about donating organs after death.

These directives make sure your medical care matches what you want.

(Even if you can’t tell doctors yourself at that time.)

What Are The Benefits Of An Advance Medical Directive?

Now, you know what they do, but what benefits do they have?

Why would getting one matter to you and your family?

An advance medical directive has several benefits, like:

  1. Clear Instructions: It gives clear instructions about your medical care. This is important when you’re incapacitated.
  2. Reduces Stress for Family: It takes the pressure off your family to make tough decisions. This is because your wishes are already outlined.
  3. Avoids Conflicts: It can prevent disagreements among family members about your care.
  4. Ensures Your Wishes Are Followed: Doctors know exactly what you want for your treatment.
  5. Flexibility: You can change it anytime as your health or preferences change.
  6. Peace of Mind: You and your family can feel more at ease knowing your healthcare choices are already made.

Having one is important for you to get the treatments you want. 

But it takes really hard decisions out of your family’s hands. 

It eliminates all the guilt and uncertainty of making the wrong call.

What Happens If You Don’t Have An Advance Directive In Georgia?

Doctors will decide which procedures to do on you.

They won’t take into account religion, values, morals, etc.

Your family will have to make super tough decisions on your behalf.

If they make the wrong one, there’s no turning back.

They have to live with the guilt of that.

Your family may even fight each other about what decisions to make.

(They all will be doing what they believe to be the best decisions.)

If your family isn’t around, the courts can decide on your behalf.

They will appoint someone to call the shots for you.

Imagine… the government making healthcare decisions for you.

An advance directive outlines all this so there are no hiccups.

How Does Getting An Advance Directive Work?

We make sure there is zero confusion for your healthcare.

Your doctors won’t be confused. Your family won’t be confused.

They will know exactly what you want and what to do.

We make sure you get the healthcare that you want.

And your family doesn’t have to bear that burden.

Your next steps are to fill out the form on this page.

Our attorneys will reach out to you the same day.

We will chat about your situation, your goals, and how we can help.

From there, we begin building your paperwork.

FAQs About Georgia's Advance Healthcare Directives

Here are other questions clients ask us about their healthcare directives. 

What Should Be Included In An Advance Directive?

You need to make several big decisions with your directive. 

Here are the things you need to think about:

  • Your Healthcare Choices: Clearly state what medical treatments you want or don’t want, like life support or resuscitation.
  • Choice of a Healthcare Proxy: Name someone you trust to make healthcare decisions for you if you can’t.
  • End-of-Life Care Preferences: Specify your wishes for care if you’re terminally ill or near the end of life.
  • Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) Orders: Indicate if you want or don’t want CPR if your heart stops.
  • Organ Donation Decision: State if you wish to donate your organs and tissues.

Does Power Of Attorney Override Advance Directive?

No, a power of attorney does not override an advance directive. 

An advance directive specifically states your healthcare wishes. 

The person with power of attorney must follow these wishes. 

They make decisions only when the advance directive doesn’t cover a situation. 

In short, your advance directive guides your care.

And the power of attorney acts within those guidelines.

Can Family Override Advance Directive In Georgia?

A family member cannot override an advance directive.

An advance directive is a legal document stating your healthcare wishes.

It is meant to be followed when you can’t make decisions themselves.

The document usually names someone, often a family member, to make decisions.

This person must follow the instructions in the advance directive.

If there’s disagreement in the family, healthcare providers follow the advance directive.

Family members can “override” a directive when the instructions are unclear.

Laws can vary, so how this is handled depends on local regulations.

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