Planning for Life

What Happens in Massachusetts if You Don't have a Health Care Proxy?

Posted by Harry S. Margolis on March 12, 2019

By Harry S. Margolis

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As long as we are 18 or over and have our wits together, we all have the right to make our own health care decisions. But what happens when we become incapacitated, whether temporarily or permanently, and cannot make such decisions?

Then, legally, only a court-appointed guardian or an agent under a health care proxy can make decisions for us. In an emergency, medical providers can take measures to keep us alive, but once the emergency has passed no one has the right to step in and make decisions in the absence of a health care proxy or guardianship appointment.

 

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Topics: health-care decision making, health care proxy

New End-of-Life Resource in Massachusetts

Posted by Harry S. Margolis on July 10, 2018

By Harry S. Margolis

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A new website offers information and resources for individuals and families facing end-of-life challenges. It is designed as both a destination itself with answers to questions about end-of-life topics and as a directory of services in the community. The website, www.endwithcare.org, grew out of the work of the Massachusetts Commission on End of Life Care and the Massachusetts Experts Panel on End of Life Care, which in 2014 came out with the report, Looking Forward: 2014 and Beyond

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Topics: end-of-life, caregiving, health-care decision making, Caregivers

Can You Name More Than One Person on a Health Care Proxy?

Posted by Harry S. Margolis on November 28, 2017

By Harry S. Margolis

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We advise all of our clients to name an agent under a health care proxy to make health care decisions for them when and if they cannot do so for themselves. Many clients want to name more than one person to this role.

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Topics: health-care decision making, proxy

Some Elder Care Forms You Can Use

Posted by Harry S. Margolis on May 12, 2015

By Harry S. Margolis

The Internet is not only a source of vital information, but also of useful tools. On her website, Joy Loverde, author of The Complete Eldercare Planner, offers a number of useful forms and checklists for anyone caring for a senior. Among others, these include:

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Topics: health-care decision making, Estate Planning

FAQs About Your Health Care Proxy - Massachusetts

Posted by Rachel Sandler on March 20, 2014

By Rebecca J. Benson

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Topics: incapacity, health-care decision making, Estate Planning

MOLST Provides End-of-Life Control - Massachusetts

Posted by Harry S. Margolis on February 12, 2013

By Harry S. Margolis

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Topics: end-of-life, health-care decision making, Estate Planning

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