“Thought for the Day” #853 – by Stephen R. Elville, J.D., LL.M.

November 29, 2016

Many people who are appointed as health care agents under an Advance Medical Directive are unsure about what their role entails – in other words, how do I do my job as health care agent or surrogate decision maker? The first step towards becoming a good advocate, one of the primary functions of an agent, is education and knowledge. Information available on the Maryland Attorney General’s website – http://www.marylandattorneygeneral.gov/ – is an excellent place to start. Your elder law
attorney can also provide extensive guidance in outlining what your role encompasses (your duties, obligations, and responsibilities) as a health care agent.