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Health care proxies

A serious accident or illness can put you in a state of dependency at any time. In this case, if you can no longer handle your own affairs and have not made any provisions for yourself, the court can appoint a guardian for you. The court determines who the guardian is. It is not bound by suggestions made by the person concerned or their relatives.

If you wish to avoid this, you can authorise a person you trust by means of a health care proxy. In this authorisation, you can determine that this person can handle both your financial affairs (assertion of claims for damages after an accident, banking transactions, etc.) and your personal affairs (consent to medical measures, inspection of medical records, etc.).

An advance directive contains instructions for the doctor regarding medical treatment in case of serious and severe illnesses. Among other things, it can be used to determine the extent to which bodily functions are to be artificially maintained in such cases, whether transplants are to be carried out and to what extent passive euthanasia measures are to be permitted. The advance directive is (misleadingly) also called a living will, although it is not a will in the legal sense. We would be happy to help you draft it.

Advance directive