WHAT IS LIFE CARE PLANNING AND WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT?
Life Care Planning is the process of deciding your medical wishes and who you want to carry them out, in case you are unable to do so. The documents in this packet are meant for you to express your wishes, whatever they may be, so you receive the treatment you want if you can no longer communicate. Hopefully, having your wishes clearly stated will help those close to you avoid the pain of trying to guess what you would or would not want done. Life Care Planning is an important task for all of us, whether young or old, healthy or facing challenges. None of us knows what life has in store, so taking steps to tell our loved ones of our wishes can make all the difference on our end of life care. Through increased awareness and access to information, Arizonans of all ages can make their choices known about who will manage their medical affairs in the event of an emergency.
WHY DOES THE ARIZONA ATTORNEY GENERAL OFFER THESE FORMS?
The Arizona Attorney General’s Office wants to make sure that all Arizonans have access to these free legal documents, all of which are in line with Arizona Law. The Attorney General’s Office is just one of several places to get forms and information on life care planning. The Attorney General’s Office is not recommending any particular choices but does urge you to think about these choices, discuss them with your loved ones, and complete the right documents for your situation. The primary role of the Attorney General’s Office is to provide legal representation to the State of Arizona, its agencies, and State officials acting in their official capacities. The Office cannot give legal advice or represent private citizens on personal legal matters. If you need help with a personal legal matter—such as filing a lawsuit, creating a will, or defending against a criminal charge—you may want to contact a private attorney.