Advance Directives and POLSTs

Advance health care directives provide instructions about the level of health care someone wants or does not want in the event that they become seriously ill and unable to speak for themselves. Advance directives can be short, simple statements expressing someone’s values and choices. Advance directives are not used as long as an individual is able to express his or her own decisions on whether to accept or refuse medical treatment. They are used only when an attending health care provider determines that someone is in a terminal condition and is no longer able to participate in making decisions regarding medical treatment.

If you live in Montana and you need an advance health care directive, contact Matrium Law Group at (406) 552-7814 to speak with a licensed Montana attorney. 

You should take your advance health care directive with you whenever checking in to a hospital or nursing facility. Hospitals are required to ask if an incoming patient has a health directive and to include details in the person’s medical chart. But, be aware that if a doctor issues a “Physician Order for Life-Sustaining Treatment” (POLST) that conflicts with your advance health care directive, health professionals tend to follow the POLST.  If this happens, you should contact licensed Montana attorney at Matrium Law Group at (406) 552-7814 to discuss.