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Unfortunately, there may come a time when you are unable to make health care decisions for yourself. You may face an accident or illness that may take away your ability to speak for yourself. However, you do not have to be concerned, because it is possible to take control of your future today. At the Law Offices of Temmerman, Cilley & Kohlmann, LLP, our Danville and San Jose estate planning lawyers can help. We draft advance health care directives (often called “living wills”) that help our clients in tough situations. You may never need one, but having one brings peace of mind — just in case.

Advance health care directives can do many things, especially when paired with other estate planning documents. Through the use of these carefully drafted documents, the San Jose or Danville estate planning lawyers at Temmerman, Cilley & Kohlmann, LLP help clients plan for the future for their own benefit and the benefit of their families. We serve clients in Santa Clara, San Mateo, Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Francisco, and other counties.

What Are Durable Powers of Attorney?

durable power of attorney is an estate planning instrument that allows you to designate an agent called an attorney-in-fact to make decisions on your behalf should you become incapacitated and unable to do so. There are two types of such arrangements: durable powers of attorney for health care and durable powers of attorney for financial matters. The difference is:

  • Durable power of attorney for health care. This gives the agent the power to make decisions on any care, services, or procedures to maintain, diagnose, or treat your physical or mental health condition. This includes the decision whether or not to begin, continue, discontinue, or limit medical or healthcare treatment.
  • Financial power of attorney. This allows you to name an agent to conduct your financial affairs should you become incapacitated. You can give an agent a broad range of financial powers and responsibilities, including:
  • Deposit or withdraw funds from bank accounts
  • Sign income tax returns
    • Buy or sell assets
    • Make investments
    • Transfer assets to a trust

Our San Jose estate planning attorneys often find powers of attorney to be beneficial because they allow you to appoint a person of your choosing to handle your health and financial affairs. It also allows you to avoid a conservatorship or guardianship, over which you generally have no control and which costs substantial fees and court costs.

What Are Advance Health Care Directives?

An advance health care directive, another estate planning instrument, allows you to give an agent the power to make health care decisions for you. It also allows you to leave instructions for health care providers and family members regarding your wishes concerning medical treatment. Using an advance health care directive, you may specify preferences and instructions regarding a wide range of medical treatment options like:

  • End-of-life treatment
  • Life support
  • Diagnostic testing
  • Surgery
  • Blood transfusions
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • Organ donation

At Temmerman, Cilley & Kohlmann, LLP, we understand how difficult it is to contemplate your death or incapacity. We offer sensitive support to help clients analyze all their options and create an advance health care directive that reflects their wishes and provides the guidance their family members need.

Need Advance Planning Assistance with Powers of Attorney and Advance Healthcare Directives? Call Careful, Considerate Danville and San Jose Estate Planning Lawyers

The estate planning attorneys at Temmerman, Cilley & Kohlmann, LLP have significant experience assisting clients with the analysis and preparation of powers of attorney, advance health care directives, and other estate planning documents as needed. We are available to consult with clients at our offices — located in San Jose, CA and Danville, CA — or at any other convenient location. Call our San Jose office at 408-998-9500, our Danville office at 408-998-9500 or contact Temmerman, Cilley & Kohlmann, LLP online.