Health Care as a result of the Corona Virus is rapidly changing everything. This includes issues with past estate planning documents specific to our healthcare.
All people, are encouraged to immediately review their healthcare related documents. This is especially true for people 60 and over or with a chronic underlying condition. Health care documents include: living will, DNR, health care proxy, and HIPAA releases.
In many instances in the past, an agent would be in the hospital with the individual who appointed them, document in hand when prepared to act.
Given quarantines and the need for social isolation this may not only be impractical, but may not be permitted.
Language should be expressly added to all healthcare related documents wherein the person executing the document expressly authorizes the agent to give directions by telephone, text, facetime, web conference, email and other forms of communication.