What is a Designation of Health Care Surrogate? Do I Need One?
A Designation of Health Care Surrogate is simply a document naming another to make medical decisions for you in the event you are unable to do so. This can typically be a spouse, parent, child, family member, friend, or other loved one. These documents will typically be prepared by an attorney as part of an overall estate plan to ensure consistency and no conflicts with other documents. However, there are also a variety of forms online, and hospitals will typically provide them at the time of treatment in certain instances (however, you don’t know when they will be needed and if one is rendered unconscious or unable to consent to one at any time they will not be able to make the decision as to whom they would like to be their health care surrogate). Therefore it is always best to handle this in advance as with other estate planning matters. You can prepare these forms at an affordable costs at a site such as Legalzoom.