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Power Of Attorney And HIPAA Laws

Providing a loved one with power of attorney allows that person to make health care decisions that follow your direct wishes. However, sometimes involving a third party in your medical decisions can become complicated. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) protects your medical information. Under HIPAA laws, your physician has a duty to keep your information confidential and may not be able to tell a third party about your condition. This could complicate your power of attorney directives.

At Janssen Law, PLC, attorney Dallas Janssen can help you navigate all your estate planning concerns. He will guide you as you establish your durable power of attorney to preserve your wishes when you are unable to speak for yourself. He is dedicated to protecting your best interests.

It is important to regularly review your will and update it as your life changes. Dallas can help you revise your will to incorporate your wishes at any time. Contact Janssen Law, PLC, to schedule an appointment.

Making Durable Power Of Attorney

Including durable power of attorney in your health care directives is essential to protect your wishes. The person to whom you entrust this duty – often called an “agent” – is responsible for supervising your medical care and following your requests. This agent will be working closely with your doctors on your behalf, as it is essential that they have all the medical information needed to make the right decisions.

Two important elements to establish durable power of attorney include:

  • Waiving your HIPAA confidentiality rights
  • Giving your doctor permission to discuss medical information with your agent

A proper estate plan depends on the language used in the document. Mr. Janssen can help you craft your estate plan to protect your rights and wishes while still giving your agent the power to act for you.

Do Not Wait. Contact The Firm Today.

Establishing your estate plan is not something you should delay. Attorney Dallas Janssen is committed to facilitating the estate planning process. He is here to take the burden off your shoulders. Contact him by email or by calling 844-879-2839 to arrange your free consultation at the firm’s Des Moines office today.