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Illinois divorce laws, DuPage County divorce lawyerIn Illinois, can my estranged spouse, despite our pending divorce, decide when a doctor should stop treating me? In other words, can my soon-t0-be ex decide when to “pull the plug”?

One of the legal documents we should all have is an Illinois power of attorney for health care. This document allows you to designate a person of your choice to make basic life and death decisions during a last illness in regards to how much extraordinary care a doctor or hospital should give you in the final stages of life.

Without the appointment of a health care agent, your spouse, despite going through a divorce, has the legal authority to make decisions on your behalf concerning your health care if you are incapacitated (see the Illinois Health Care Surrogate Act).

Once divorced by an Illinois Judgment for Dissolution of Marriage, your ex-spouse's authority to make health care decisions for you ends. This is true even if you had designated your now ex-spouse as your agent under the Illinois Power of Attorney for Health Care Act before your divorce. Moreover, your spouse can no longer act as your agent under an Illinois power of attorney for health care. Your ex-spouse is treated as though he or she has predeceased you. The same occurs if you are legally separated from your spouse by a Judgment for Legal Separation. However, if your marriage ends by annulment or a Judgment of Invalidity of Marriage, your Illinois power of attorney for health care is not revoked (see 755 ILCS 45/2-6).

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health care power of attorney, Hinsdale family law attorneys, new law, power of attorney, new Illinois law, Martoccio & Martoccio, advance directiveI live in Illinois—Should I make a Health Care Power of Attorney?

Yes, most certainly you should. On June 27,2014, the Governor of Illinois signed into law a new Health Care Power Of Attorney Act that will be effective January 1, 2015.

How do I create a health care power of attorney?

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after my divorce, Amazon product review, Illinois divorce attorney, Law Office of Martoccio & Martoccio, living will, power of attorney, Wi-Fi access code, Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart ThermostatX ex-spouse, smart phone and divorceHave you ever found yourself asking, "What should I change after my divorce?" If so, consider the following:

  • Change your life;
  • Change your Will;
  • Change your power of attorney;
  • Change the access code on your Wi-Fi smart home thermostat.

In this digital age of computer hackers and identity theft, you should most certainly change your login and passwords on your emails, online banking accounts, and all other websites that your ex-spouse can access. Also, close any joint credit or debit card accounts that you had with your ex. Finally, make sure you do not forget to change the Wi-Fi access code on your home thermostat!

In a recent product review of the Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat, which can be controlled from a smart phone or computer, an ex-husband recently posted a revealing product review on Amazon titled, "SHE TOOK THE HOUSE, THE DOG AND THE 401K €¦. BUT I STILL CONTROL THE THERMOSTAT."

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