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Free materials help Missourians create advance directives

The Missouri Bar provides free form to assist Missourians for National Healthcare Decisions Week April 16-22

Few people enjoy thinking about end-of-life decisions, but many advocates say doing so can help take stress off loved ones later. Missourians can easily set up their own durable power of attorney for health care thanks to free materials authored by volunteer lawyers and provided by The Missouri Bar.

The free advance care directive form helps mark National Healthcare Decisions Week April 16-22, 2018. The annual effort brings together national, state and community groups to educate the public about the importance of making advance health care decisions and empower them to complete an advance care directive.

“If you haven’t done so already, now is the time to put your end-of-life care wishes in place. The Missouri Bar is here to help you do it,” said 2017-18 Missouri Bar President Morry Cole. “By beginning the conversation with your loved ones today, you can best ensure that your care choices are respected, while taking the burden off family members and health care providers when the time comes.”

Cole said The Missouri Bar offers a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care and a Health Care Directive, in English and Spanish, at no charge to Missourians. This form, drafted by licensed Missouri lawyers, puts your decisions in writing and allows you to designate an agent to carry them out. The forms are available by calling 573-635-4128 or online at http://missourilawyershelp.org/legal-topics/durable-power-of-attorney-for-health/.

The 50-state annual initiative seeks to address the public’s misunderstanding about advance health care planning and directives. To learn more, visit www.nhdd.org.

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