Advance directives are legal documents that help you control your health care wishes and relieve stress from your family and doctors. That is, assuming your family and doctors are able to get a copy of them at that crucial time.
Unfortunately, that’s often not the case. A recent study found that emergency room doctors were able to find their patients’ advance directives in hospitals’ electronic records just 13% of the time. Other studies have found simliar results. Advance directive are a powerful tool when available, but they’re worthless if they aren’t at the hospital when needed.
If you can’t provide these documents when asked in the hospital, your doctors and loved ones can’t use them, and they won’t do much good! It’s obviously impractical to carry these documents with you wherever you go, which is why our estate plans now include an emergency service called DocuBank.
DocuBank is the perfect solution that lets your doctors and loved ones immediately access your advance directives anywhere in the world. This service also provides your doctors with a list of your medications, critical medical information, the name and phone number of your doctor and contact information for three family members or friends so they can be contacted quickly.
It’s as easy to use as it is valuable for you. You’ll receive a personalized Emergency Card to carry in your wallet. Simply give the card to the hospital staff when you’re hospitalized, and they can call DocuBank’s toll-free number or go to their website and immediately obtain your documents. It works 24 hours a day, anywhere in the world, so you won’t have to worry about your loved ones scrambling around during a crisis.
You’ll receive a complimentary one-year membership in DocuBank when you complete your estate plan at our firm. If you already have an estate plan, it’s a good idea to review it every few years to make sure it still reflects your wishes. There are many reasons you may need to update your plan, including changes in the law, a new child or grandchild, a death in the family, divorce or serious illness. Contact our firm to schedule a review of our estate plan and we’ll be happy to give you a complimentary one-year membership in DocuBank.