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This document often avoids a
guardianship proceeding in the Court
of Common Pleas, Orphans' Court
Division in situations where a legal
surrogate must make decisions for
a patient without the appropriate
health care power of attorney, living
will or combination form. There
is also separate power of attorney
for financial purposes. A guardian
of the person or the estate can be
appointed by the Orphans' Court.
There are some cases when an
attending physician or health care
provider may not be able to comply
with the wishes of a principal as set
forth in the health care power of
attorney. 20 Pa. C.S.A. §5424(a). In
this situation, the attending physician
or health care provider will inform
the patient of his or her inability in
good conscience to comply with the
health care power of attorney. This
decision is made known to the patient
if he or she is competent or to the
surrogate if the patient is incompetent.
Thereafter, a transfer can be made
to another physician or health care
provider who will comply with the
living will or health care decision of the
principal or surrogate. If there is no
transfer, the provision of life-sustaining
treatment to a patient may not subject
an attending physician to criminal or
civil liability or administrative sanctions
for failure to carry out the provisions
of a living will or health care decision
of a surrogate. 20 Pa. C.S.A. §5424(d).
By planning ahead, you can get
the medical care you want, avoid
unnecessary suffering and relieve
caregivers of very difficult decisionmaking burdens during moments
of crisis or grief. You also help
reduce confusion or disagreement
about the choices you would want
people to make on your behalf.
These "advance directives" aren't
just for older adults. Unexpected
end-of-life situations can happen
at any age, so it's important for all
adults to prepare these documents,
to make their wishes known to
their families and to keep copies of
these documents in a safe place.

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---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Marie Feindt, Esquire, is an attorney practicing in Media, Pa.
She is an
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member of the Delco Health Literacy Coalition,
Marie
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representing the Delaware County Women's Commission.
Focusing on Elder Law in:
* Guardianships
* Powers of attorney
* Health care coverage choices
* Medicaid planning
* Estate planning

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