Planned Manswers: Health care proxies.
By The Editors

Hey Google, we don't want 211 million results in .67 seconds; we just want you to tell us what we need to know about healthcare proxies.

Planned Manswers: Health care proxies.

Hey PM, I’ve got a problem.

When I ask Google for this:

What I get is this:

But PM, I don’t want 211 million results in .67 seconds; I just want you to tell me what I need to know and where to go to do it.


What you need to know:

  1. The term “health care proxy” actually refers to two things: 1) A legal document that defines your health care wishes if you can’t speak for yourself and 2) a person you designate to speak on your behalf. Choose that person carefully. Click here to find out more.
  2. Most people don’t need to hire a lawyer to get a written health care proxy done: But if feel like you might need a little legal help to get this done, LegalZoom  can give you the help you need for under $50. Click here to find out more.
  3. Downloading the right health care proxy for your state is free, but: There are lots of companies out there that try to get unsuspecting people to pay $9 or $19 or $49 dollars to download the same basic forms that are widely available for free. Click here to find out more.
  4. Two last things to think about:
    • Even though you probably don’t need a lawyer: You still need to understand the difference between a health care proxy, a living will, advance directives, and powers of attorney. Click here to find out more.
    • Now that you’re thinking about all these important documents: Where are you going to keep them so they are both safe and easy to find when needed? For that, we recommend taking a look at Everplans.

Where to go to download your own free copy of a health care proxy template for your state: 

If you want a little help getting a health care proxy done:

If you want to know more, here are our top three search results this week:

  1. Why You Need A Health Care Proxy And How To Choose One – Forbes
  2. Health care proxies – Medicare Interactive
  3. Health care proxy and Medicare: Rules, legalities, and more – Medical News Today

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