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Senior Housing Directory 2019by the agent to provide for accountability beyond the  duciary duty.your medical and personal care decisions. While it can be scary to think about aand there are no other people able or available.In the Patient Advocate Designation, you appoint an agent to make your medical decisions, as well as physical care and custody decisions, if you cannot make your own care decisions. Under Michigan law,a Patient Advocate Designation cannot make decisions for you until two doctors have determined that you are incapable of participating in the decision making pro- cess for your medical decisions. Otherwise stated, it only goes into effect if you are unable to make your own decisions.time when you may need a surrogate decision maker, it can save time, money, and heartache for your loved ones. Having an effective DPOA for  nances and a Patient Advocate Designation in place can make all the difference.Revoke/Revocation: To put an end to, or discontinue an advance care planning document. Revocation processes can include destroying the forms or creating a new form. If you do revoke an ACP document, it should be communicated to your healthcare agents and providers.If you wish to have your agent be ableto make decisions that would potentially result in your death, such as withdrawal of life sustaining treatment, the Patient Advo- cate Designation document must indicate your wishes in a clear and convincing man- ner. For this reason, there is often a special paragraph in the document on this speci c issue where the principal acknowledges in writing his or her choice.that states the medical treatments and/or life-sustaining measures you wouldor would not want should an end-of-life situation occur and you are unable to com- municate your choices. It is your written healthcare plan.Other Documents: There are other doc- uments that can be a part of the conversa- tion, including but not limited to:• Organ and tissue donation registration.If you become incapacitated and there is no one that can legally take action on your behalf loved ones will need to request that the local probate court enter a court order appointing a conservator to make your  nancial decisions or a guardian to makeDo Not Resuscitate Order (DNR): A medical order obtained through your physi- cian, the DNR indicates you do not wantto receive resuscitation attempted if your heart or breathing stops.Publisher’s note: This is not intended to be legal advice. For more information visit http://www.michigan.gov/documents/osa/ Advance_Directives_Website_503870_7. pdf. To complete your documentation consult with your elder law attorney.When developing your plan consider the following commonly used phrases: Advance Directive: A legal documentSurrogate/Proxy: A person with the ability and authority to make healthcare-re- lated decisions on your behalf. This person could be your next of kin, an appointed representative, or your Healthcare Power of Attorney (if the form is in place).Conservator: A guardian and protector appointed by a judge to protect and manage the  nancial affairs and/or a person's daily life due to physical or mental limitations or old age.• Donation of remains for research.• Advance instruction for mental health • Healthcare-related insurance coverages • Funeral / burial / cremation planning• Estate planning / Will / TrustGuardian: A person who is appointed to act on your behalf if you are unable to make your own end-of-life care decisionsSCHROEDER DEGRAW, PLLCESTATE PLANNING | ADMINISTRATION | AND ELDER LAWSmall town atmosphere. Big city results.Beginning with Lewis W. Schroeder,our law  rm has been serving its clients and the Marshall community since 1921. Representing families and businesses in all of their legal matters, Schroeder DeGraw, PLLC offers its clients big city capabilities in a small town atmosphere.AREAS OF PRACTICE269-965-3185IT’S ABOUT YOU.When you need legal help, you deserve a Law Firm that will work for you.We are a different kind of law  rm.Call us today and  nd out the difference for yourself.Kellie E. PodolskyProbate & Estate Planning: Your family and your wishes. Trusted and respected to help YOU make YOUR decisions regardingyour estate, your property, your health care plans and your legacy. Wills • Power of Attorney • Trusts • DeedsFREE CONSULTATIONS for Probate & Estate Planning Clients601 S. 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