OBER|KALER Attorneys at Law Maryland Attorney General's Office

Welcome to the Maryland Healthcare Decision Making Website. Howard L. Sollins, Esquire, Jack Schwartz, Esquire, and Paul Ballard, Esquire, Co-Editors.

Our goal is to offer resources for doctors, nurses, social workers, administrators and other health care professionals who need to provide care that complies with the Maryland Health Care Decision Act. We understand that, although your patients may have advance directives, living wills, powers of attorney and other documents in place, carrying out their wishes within the proper legal framework requires thoughtful and careful consideration.

On this website, you will find forms, guidelines, tools and references to help navigate the sometimes complex and sensitive issues involved in managing health care decisions, including end-of-life issues, for patients. Full text of the Maryland Health Care Act is included, along with a briefer summary of the Act. We've organized the information so that you can access and fill in individual forms, or download a PDF containing all of the information on the site. Finally, we offer links to other resources that you may find useful.

This website was prepared by the Ober|Kaler law firm (now the firm of Baker Donelson) and the Maryland Attorney General's Office. We gratefully acknowledge the ongoing contribution of Jack Schwartz, former Assistant Attorney General and Director of Health Policy in the Maryland Attorney General's Office, and Paul Ballard, Assistant Attorney General and Counsel for Health Decisions Policy, as well as the continuing work of Baker Donelson attorney Kristin Cilento Carter.

This site does not provide medical or legal advice nor promote any product or service. The contents are for informational purposes only and are not intended to substitute for professional medical or legal advice, diagnosis, treatment or recommendation. Always seek advice from a qualified physician or health care professional about any medical concern, or a qualified attorney about any legal concern, and do not disregard professional legal or medical advice because of anything you may read on this web site. By using the web site, you indicate that you have read and agree to be bound by the Terms of Use, including the binding arbitration provisions. If you do not agree to these terms, do not use the website in any manner.

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