Surrogate Decision Makers – Illinois

Surrogate Decision Makers become important in end-of life circumstances, under the Health Care Surrogate Act, when the patient lacks decisional capacity, and does not have an agent under a Power of Attorney for Health Care. 

Pursuant to 755 ILCS 40/25, surrogate decision makers, as identified by the patient’s attending physician after reasonable inquiry, are authorized to make decisions for a patient . . . → Read More: Surrogate Decision Makers – Illinois

Health Care Surrogate Act – Illinois

Health Care Surrogate Act is designed to allow for the withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment, without intervention of a court, for patients who lack decisionmaking capacity, yet do not have any form of living will or a Power of Attorney for Health Care.  In enacting the Health Care Surrogate Act, the Illinois legislature recognized that all persons . . . → Read More: Health Care Surrogate Act – Illinois

Power of Attorney for Health Care

Power of Attorney for Health Care is another example of a very basic, and affordable, means of estate planning, which, if used correctly, will enable a person to maintain control of health care and end-of-life decisions, even if unable to communicate or direct those decisions.

In enacting the Power of Attorney for Health Act, 755 ILCS 45/4-1, . . . → Read More: Power of Attorney for Health Care