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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, we can help you navigate all of your estate planning concerns. Our knowledgeable attorneys can help you establish durable power of attorney to preserve your wishes when you are unable to speak for yourself. We are dedicated to protecting your best interests.
It is important to regularly review your will and update it as your life changes. We can help you revise your will to incorporate your wishes at any time. Contact us online 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 you entrust this duty to, 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 he or she has 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. Our Iowa attorneys can help you craft your estate plan to protect your rights and wishes, while still giving your agent the power to act for you.
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Establishing your estate plan is not something you should delay. At Janssen Law, PLC, our lawyers are committed to facilitating the estate planning process. We are here to take the burden off your shoulders. Contact us by email or by calling 515-421-9068 to arrange your free consultation at our Des Moines offices today.