The American Bar Association has released a guide specifically for lawyers and health care professionals to align the practice of advance care planning in legal offices with the realities of implementation in health settings entitled, "Advance Directives: Counseling Guide for Lawyers." 

The toolkit is based on principles developed by a multidisciplinary group of experts convened in 2017 by the American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging in collaboration with the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, the University of California at San Francisco Medical Center and the UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science & Health Policy, with funding from The John A. Hartford Foundation and additional support from the Borchard Foundation Center on Law and Aging

The guide provides tools and guidance to ensure that attorneys and health care teams work together to communicate and carry out patients’ wishes. 

To read the guide, click here.
To read the press release, click here.
To find out more about JAHF's co-funding, click here.