ROBERT K. SMITH, ATTORNEY
Servicing The Greater Los Angeles Area
including La Canada, Arcadia, Burbank, Glendale, Los Angeles, Pasadena, Redondo Beach,
San Marino and Santa Clarita
The document utilized to name an Agent to make health care decisions for another person, called the "Principal," goes by different names but has the same function- i.e., this document authorizes health care professionals, such as doctors and hospital personnel, to communicate with the Agent about choices to be made for a patient's health care. In most cases, the Agent interacts with health care providers because the patient is unable to do so. The purposes of these forms are twofold: 1. to name an Agent to make decisions of behalf of the Principal; and, 2. to provide directions to the Agent in making those decisions. The most extreme decision this document allows the Agent to make is to discontinue artificial means of prolonging the Principal's life. These forms also allow for burial and funeral instructions as well as the Principal's intention relative to organ donations.
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