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Utah Health Care Directives and Powers of Attorney

A Utah advance health care directive and a durable power of attorney are two common estate planning tools which can be used to help ensure that your wishes are respected and your affairs are properly handled if you become incapcitated or cannot make decisions on your own behalf.  How these tools will benefit you depends how they are implemented

Utah Advance Health Care Directive

A Utah advance health care directive (sometimes referred to as a "living will") allows you to communicate your wishes regarding health care decisions in the event that you become incapacitated.  More important, it allows you to name and authorize someone to carry out those wishes.  An advance health care directive allows you to make certain health care decisions in advance, ranging from whether you will be an organ donor to when life sustaining care should be withdrawn.

Having these decisions made ahead of time and creating the legal authority necessary to carry out those decisions can ensure that your wishes are respected, and can also relieve your loved ones of the burden of having to make those decisions in a time of crisis.

Durable Power of Attorney

A durable power of attorney allows you to designate another person who is authorized by the instrument to act in your behalf if you become incapacitated or are otherwise unable to handle your own affairs.  A durable power of attorney can be flexible enough to provide authority to manage your affairs while you are simply out of town, but is also legally powerful enough to enable someone to make legal decisions on your behalf if you become mentally or physically incapacitated.   Without a durable power of attorney, your loved ones may be required to file a formal court action seeking to have a guardianship or conservatorship declared if you are no longer able to manage your affairs.

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