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MSU Extension Offers Free Publication To Express And Document Health Care Wishes

With many new uncertainties arising during the coronavirus pandemic, this is a key time for those considering how to appoint a health care agent or agents and assist others in understanding health care preferences, according to a Montana State University Extension specialist.

MSU Extension has produced a free publication, Health Care Power of Attorney and Related Documents for Montanans, that includes a worksheet and forms to appoint a health care agent or agents. The publication also covers how to assist others in understanding your health care preferences.

“If you don’t already have a health care power of attorney, you may want to take a look to see how the document could help you express your health care wishes to your family and health care providers,” said Marsha Goetting, MSU Extension family economics specialist.

The publication is free with funding from the Business, Estates, Trusts, Taxes and Real Property Section and Health Care Law Section of the State Bar of Montana. It was developed with professional organizations including the Legal and Financial Committee of the Montana Alzheimer’s/Dementia Workgroup; Health Care Law Section, State Bar of Montana; Business, Estates, Trusts, Tax & Real Property Section, State Bar of Montana; and Generational Justice.

A printed copy of the Health Care Power of Attorney and Related Documents publication may be requested from a local MSU Extension office or ordered from the MSU Extension store, where a free, downloadable PDF is also available: https://store.msuextension. org/Products/Health-Care-Power-of-Attorney-and-Related- Documents-for-Montanans- EB0231__EB0231.aspx.

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