Northbrook Hospice Attorneys

Illinois Estate Planning Law Firm

Hospice care is end-of-life care designed to provide comfort and support for patients and their families.  Hospice care is used to relieve physical, emotional, and spiritual suffering and provide comfort to a patient when death is imminent.  Hospice care does not attempt to improve the patient’s medical condition, nor does it seek to prolong the life of the patient.

At The Wochner Law Firm, located in Northbrook, Illinois, our compassionate estate planning attorneys are trained hospice volunteers.  If you have a family member or loved one in hospice care, or you would like to discuss a comprehensive estate plan in the event that you are in hospice care, do not hesitate to contact the Chicago area estate planning attorneys at The Wochner Law Firm to schedule a free consultation.

Our knowledgeable Northbrook estate planning attorneys have considerable experience helping clients to create and execute a comprehensive and focused estate plan, including the execution of various end-of-life legal documents, such as powers of attorney, advanced health care directives, wills, and trusts.

Protecting Your Wishes

A power of attorney, or advance directive, is a legal document that allows you to express your decisions about end-of-life or hospice care while you are still physically able to do so.  Through a power of attorney, you can communicate decisions to your family, friends, health care professionals, financial advisors, and legal counselors so that your wishes will be understood and confusion can be avoided.

Through a medical power of attorney, you can express decisions about the kind and amount of medical care that you wish to receive in an effort to prolong your life.  For instance, an advance directive can address issues such as:

  • The use of dialysis
  • The use of respirators and breathing machines
  • The use of tube feeding
  • Whether you want to be resuscitated if breathing or heartbeat stops
  • Whether you want to donate organs or tissues after death

Similarly, a property power of attorney allows you to designate another person to make financial decisions on your behalf in the event that you enter hospice care or otherwise become incapacitated and are unable to make financial decisions on your own.