While creating an estate planning strategy, it is essential to account for every possibility. Do you have a health care proxy to make medical decisions for you should you become physically or mentally incapacitated?
Forbes explains how to choose the right proxy. Ensure you have someone speaking on your behalf when you need it most.
Making decisions for you
When thinking about who you want as your proxy, think about a person in your life who can set aside her or his deeply held opinions to honor your desires. For instance, your proxy must honor your “do not resuscitate” order, even if your proxy does not agree with your decision.
Making choices in shifting situations
Medical scenarios may shift in the blink of an eye. You must have a representative who rides the tide and adjusts to circumstances. Think of someone who responds well to pressure.
Acting as your proxy despite your emotional connection
Sometimes, proxies must make hard medical decisions for an incapacitated loved one. Despite the close connection the two parties share, the representative must make tough decisions for a spouse or relative.
Standing up for you
Health care providers may try to press their will on a patient’s significant other or family members. Your health care proxy should possess the fortitude to push back and see that the medical staff honors your medical choices.
Do your health care proxy candidates have the willingness to ask doctors, nurses and other providers questions to ensure you get quality medical care? You want someone who asks questions and also makes the right inquiries.