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Bloomfield Hills, MI, United States, 2009/07/09 - Bloomfield Hills, Michigan estate and business planning lawyers, Michael P. Witzke, Esq. and Christopher J. Berry, Esq. have been recognized for their service to clients by the DocuBank organization - MichiganEstatePlanningLawyerBlog.com.
Christopher J. Berry, Esq. and Michael P. Witzke, Esq. were recently recognized for going “above and beyond” the professional call of duty to protect their clients’ healthcare wishes by a national advance directive registry.
For more than a year, Christopher J. Berry, Esq. and Michael P. Witzke, Esq have been registering their clients in a service that provides instant electronic access to their clients’ healthcare directives. With this service, these directives enable hospitals and doctors, right on the spot, to know their client’s medical wishes.
“My clients truly appreciate the peace of mind that this registry gives them,” said Christopher J. Berry, Esq. “They know that they have excellent documents that we worked together to create. And they also know that they have the best tools available to help their wishes be honored out in the real world, where it counts,” concluded Michael P. Witzke, Esq.
The DocuBank registry wallet card that their clients carry provides immediate access, 24/7/365, to the client’s healthcare directives (also called advance directives), which can include a healthcare power of attorney, living will, HIPAA release, or other documents. Hospitals can obtain the documents from DocuBank via fax. The wallet card also displays important allergies, medical conditions, and emergency contacts.
Having patients’ healthcare directives available at the hospital when they are needed is essential. “But in most cases,” explains DocuBank President, Randi Siegel, “these papers are locked up in safe deposit box or stuffed in a file drawer, where they do no good at all.”
Having a DocuBank card also affords clients protection in less obvious ways. If clients come to the hospital without their advance directives, the hospital may give them new forms to fill out. “Being admitted to the hospital is stressful enough already,” added Christopher J. Berry, Esq. “It’s not a good time to try to remember the important decisions that we’ve already made or to start over completely from scratch.”
“Michael Witzke and Christopher Berry choose to protect their clients from all of these access problems by registering them in an electronic registry like DocuBank,” Siegel continued. Some estate planning attorneys, like Michael Witzke and Christopher Berry, even pay for the client’s membership because they think it’s that important. “Michael Witzke and Christopher Berry have been working with us for a long time; we are pleased to honor their commitment to their clients.”
DocuBank, a national and international registry based near Philadelphia, began operating in 1994 and has enrolled over 165,000 members.
The Law office of Witzke Berry PLLC (witzkeberry.com) is located in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and specializes in estate planning, elder law, and probate.