One of the important decisions that people getting divorced have to make, and often overlook, is deciding who will be their healthcare proxy after the divorce. If you already have a health care proxy, you probably named your spouse. Do you still want your spouse to make your health care decisions for you once you are divorced, or even while you are going through a divorce? If you do not have a health care proxy, now is the time to name someone to fill that very important role.
“Did you know:
- Health care agents make medical decisions for about half of the adults over 65 who are hospitalized.
- In more than half of the instances where an agent must act, the agent is making decisions about life-sustaining treatments.
- In about a quarter of cases, the health care agent is making all medical decisions for the patient.”
This is an issue you can discuss with your mediator or with an estate planning attorney.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you need assistance in this area.