Power of Attorney, Living Will and Advance Care Directive
With a testament or inheritance contract, you make provisions in the case of death. Nevertheless, it is not always enough to settle “the last things”. It can happen to anyone; that a person is not able to settle their personal and legal affairs due to an illness, an accident or age-related reasons.
With the help of a general power of attorney and a durable health care proxy, you can ensure that a trusted person can make the right decisions for you. Such a power of attorney can be supplemented by a so-called advance directive or living will, in which you may in particular, dictate that you refuse life-prolonging measures (“life spent hooked up to a machine”), in the case of a serious illness, by which there is no prospect of an improvement in your health. If, in spite of the existence of a general and durable health care proxy, care giving is necessary, you can determine who is to be appointed as your caregiver in this case, in the advanced care directive.