Legal Assistance

This section gives additional information about legal tools and services one may need to plan for long term support services.

The topics covered in this section are:

Put a Plan in Place

In the event that you could not make your own medical decisions (for any reason), you should be prepared and have a plan set in place. The plan should include, family, friends, and health care providers so they remain informed.

Consider the following when putting a plan in place:

  • Communicate your options: Voice your wants and what you think is best with your family and loved ones. This helps them to understand your wishes and reduce the chance of conflicts in the future.
  • Speak to others:Talk to other individuals who have experienced difficulties with dealing with a disability or similar situation. It can be helpful to talk to someone you trust about how you wish to face death or a disability.
  • Choose your Healthcare Representative: Decide who you want to make your primary health care decision maker. Consider someone who respects your values, beliefs, and concerns about your care.
  • Seek Help With Planning: There are variety of different professionals that you can reach out to such as Lawyers, Social workers, or even clergy members who can help you create an advance directive.

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Necessary Doucments

These documents will help individuals gather the necessary information they need so quality care can be delivered.

  • Power of Attorney: The Power of Attorney Form will give legal authority over your finances, limited or broad. You can obtain this document from an attorney, stationary store, or private on-line company.
  • Representative Payee: Appoint a Representative Payee who will help with managing your benefits from Social Security, Veter
  • ans Administration, or Railroad Retirement for now or the later in the future.
  • Trust: A trust will give someone the rights to your property. It could also be set up as a power of attorney. Consult with an attorney if you are considering a trust.
  • Advance Directive for Health care Decisions: You can access Maryland’s Advance Directive Form by clicking here to choose from a health representative or to plan a health treatment.
  • Physician's’ Orders for Life- Sustaining Treatment (POLST): Physician's’ Orders for Life- Sustaining Treatment is an order based off of patient’s wishes to either provide or deny life-sustaining treatments. You can access Maryland’s POLST here.

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Advanced Health Directives

The term “advance directive” refers to your oral and written instructions about your future medical care in the event you are unable to express your medical wishes.

  • Visit the Maryland Healthcare Commission website for more information about Maryland State’s Advance Directive information and forms.
  • Learn More about Living Wills and Durable Powers of Attorney for Health Care and see sample forms from Caring Connections, a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), a national consumer and community engagement initiative to improve care at the end of life.

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For more in-depth assistance, contact your local MAP office directly or call our statewide toll-free number (1-844-627-5465).