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THE LAW OFFICES OF MARK O. THURSTON
6108 S. MEMORIAL DR. TULSA, OK 74133 918-317-6341
Health Care Planning
Healtcare Planning
Practice Areas Probate & Estate Administration  Estate Planning   Health Care Planning   
Practice Areas Health Care Planning Attorney Thurston assists clients in preparing legal documents relating to the client's wishes concerning future medical care choices. We counsel and assist clients in drafting living wills and health care powers of attorney, by which clients designate someone to carry out medical care directions and to make important health care decisions on their behalf. Living Will ~ A living will is a specific directive that allows you to specify what actions may or may not be taken regarding your health care in the event that you become unable to make the decisions for yourself. Usually it addresses whether life support should be provided and whether artificial administration of food and/or water should be given. Under Oklahoma law, the living will is limited to three specific circumstances, which are: a terminal illness which will result in death in six months or less; a state of being "persistently unconscious;" or having an "end stage condition." The living will is only effective if you have one of these conditions and cannot express your wishes for yourself. The living will also allows you to appoint a "health care proxy," someone to carry out your wishes. The living will also allows you to provide for organ or body donations, if you so desire. A living will is distinct from a health care power of attorney, which is much broader and applies to circumstances not covered by the living will. Health Care Durable Power of Attorney  Establishing a durable power of attorney for health care is a simple process, and it can be written so that it is effective immediately or so that it will only become effective in the event that you are disabled and cannot make decisions for yourself. A health care power of attorney can be used to grant another individual broad authority to act on your behalf in matters related to, among other things: Deciding where you live Deciding what medical care you receive Deciding what medications you take Deciding what treatments you receive Deciding which doctors you see Nomination of Guardian ~ In the event that you become incapacitated, another person may petition the court to be appointed as the guardian over your person, the guardian of your property, or both. The law provides who has priority with respect to being appointed as your guardian. You may, however, designate in writing who you wish to be your guardian, if the court decides that a guardian should be appointed. The court will usually follow your wishes, as expressed in the nomination of guardian, unless there is good cause not to do so. At the Law Offices of Mark O. Thurston, we can advise you on the benefits of putting in place a health care durable power of attorney, creating a living will, and nominating a guardian. We will work with you to understand your options and decide which avenues are best for you. Relying on over 40 years of experience, Attorney Thurston walks clients through the legal process and helps them address their concerns and take the necessary steps to protect their interests in the event that they become incapable of expressing their desires concerning health care issues. Contact our office to today to schedule an appointment. Rest assured knowing that we will assist you in preparing the necessary documents so that your chosen agent can ensure that your health and wellbeing will be properly cared for under all conditions.  
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THE LAW OFFICES OF MARK O. THURSTON
6108 S. MEMORIAL DR. TULSA, OK 74133 918-317-6341
Health Care Planning
Healtcare Planning
Practice Areas Health Care Planning Attorney Thurston assists clients in preparing legal documents relating to the client's wishes concerning future medical care choices. We counsel and assist clients in drafting living wills and health care powers of attorney, by which clients designate someone to carry out medical care directions and to make important health care decisions on their behalf. Living Will ~ A living will is a specific directive that allows you to specify what actions may or may not be taken regarding your health care in the event that you become unable to make the decisions for yourself. Usually it addresses whether life support should be provided and whether artificial administration of food and/or water should be given. Under Oklahoma law, the living will is limited to three specific circumstances, which are: a terminal illness which will result in death in six months or less; a state of being "persistently unconscious;" or having an "end stage condition." The living will is only effective if you have one of these conditions and cannot express your wishes for yourself. The living will also allows you to appoint a "health care proxy," someone to carry out your wishes. The living will also allows you to provide for organ or body donations, if you so desire. A living will is distinct from a health care power of attorney, which is much broader and applies to circumstances not covered by the living will. Health Care Durable Power of Attorney  Establishing a durable power of attorney for health care is a simple process, and it can be written so that it is effective immediately or so that it will only become effective in the event that you are disabled and cannot make decisions for yourself. A health care power of attorney can be used to grant another individual broad authority to act on your behalf in matters related to, among other things: Deciding where you live Deciding what medical care you receive Deciding what medications you take Deciding what treatments you receive Deciding which doctors you see Nomination of Guardian ~ In the event that you become incapacitated, another person may petition the court to be appointed as the guardian over your person, the guardian of your property, or both. The law provides who has priority with respect to being appointed as your guardian. You may, however, designate in writing who you wish to be your guardian, if the court decides that a guardian should be appointed. The court will usually follow your wishes, as expressed in the nomination of guardian, unless there is good cause not to do so. At the Law Offices of Mark O. Thurston, we can advise you on the benefits of putting in place a health care durable power of attorney, creating a living will, and nominating a guardian. We will work with you to understand your options and decide which avenues are best for you. Relying on over 40 years of experience, Attorney Thurston walks clients through the legal process and helps them address their concerns and take the necessary steps to protect their interests in the event that they become incapable of expressing their desires concerning health care issues. Contact our office to today to schedule an appointment. Rest assured knowing that we will assist you in preparing the necessary documents so that your chosen agent can ensure that your health and wellbeing will be properly cared for under all conditions.  
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