Advanced Directive for Health Care

The Georgia Advance Directive for Health Care Act gives you an opportunity to choose someone to make health care decisions on your behalf and to make a clear expression of your decisions regarding health care if you permanently unconsciousor dying.

Like the living will it replaced, the Georgia Advance Directive for Healthcare allows for withholding or withdrawing treatment and authorizes your doctor to withhold or withdraw certain medical procedures such as a respirator or ventilator in certain conditions. It also permits you to choose to accept or refuse artificial nutrition or hydration-feeding tubes.

Like the former durable power of attorney for healthcare it replaced under Georgia law in 2007, the Georgia Advance Directive for Healthcare allows you to appoint an agent to carry out many more medical treatment decisions and choose the kinds of medical treatment you do or do not want.

You may use any form of ADHC that complies with Georgia law. However, the law provides a standard form of ADHC that will be treated as complying with Georgia law if it is properly executed. Augusta attorney Louis Saul is well versed in the Georgia law regarding these documents and can provide you a form of ADHC and help you understand it, complete it and properly execute it. An ADHC must be in writing, signed by you, and attested and signed by two adult witnesses. You may revoke or amend your ADHC at any time.

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