The Law Offices of James T. Marasco
Free Initial Consultations | Se Habla Español
Providence: 401-421-7500 | Narragansett: 401-789-1800

What is an advance directive?

If you are like most people in Rhode Island, someone you know or are related to may have been diagnosed with a serious, terminal illness. One of the things that this experience often leads people to do is to talk more candidly with their family members about what type of medical care they do or do not want to experience or undergo. However, it is not necessary, nor is it recommended for people to wait until these moments to have such conversations and make such decisions.

An advance directive, also called an advance health care directive, is a valuable tool that even the healthiest person can establish. An accident may render a young person unconscious and unable to make decisions on their own behalf, for example.

The American Cancer Society explains that an advance directive can be setup to do one of two things. In one scenario, it can outline all of your requests such as the wish to be resuscitated or not to be resuscitated. In other situations, it may simply appoint another person to act and make decisions for you if you cannot do so for yourself. These documents in no way grant the right for someone else to manage finances on your behalf. Specialty advance directives may be created that pertain to topics such as organ or live tissue donations.

This information is not intended to provide legal advice but is instead meant to provide Rhode Island residents an overview of advance health care directives and the various types of decisions and details they may outline.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For A Response

You Can Take Back Control

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Take The First Step: Call Today. Providence: 401-421-7500, Narragansett: 401-789-1800.
Map
Map

Providence Office
617 Smith Street
Providence, RI 02908

Phone: 401-421-7500
Fax: 401-331-2300
Providence Law Office Map

Narragansett Office
118 Point Judith Road
Narragansett, RI 02882

Phone: 401-789-1800
Fax: 401-331-2300
Map & Directions

Providence: 401-421-7500 | Narragansett: 401-789-1800 | Fax: 401-331-2300
Se Habla Español | Offsite/Evening/Weekend Appointments | Pre-Paid Legal Plans Accepted
Review Us