Having peace of mind today sometimes requires planning for the future, we know how important it is to be prepared for any scenario.
WHAT IS A LIVING WILL?
A living will is a legal document that you sign, giving your doctors, family members, and loved ones instructions on the type of medical care you would like to receive if you are unable to communicate.
Your living will can specify which life-prolonging procedures you agree to ahead of time, as well as those you do not consent to. Be sure to discuss your living will with your healthcare provider, as he or she can offer valuable insight into the details that may be necessary to include. Your religious beliefs may affect your final instructions and you should take time to discuss the drafting of a living will with your clergy so your living will reflect your religious beliefs.
WHY DO I NEED A LIVING WILL?
Sometimes injuries and illnesses leave people incapacitated and unable to communicate their end-of-life wishes. This can create a stressful situation for loved ones who must try to guess what the person’s wishes might be, and sometimes they will make decisions based on emotions rather than what their loved one would want. By drafting a living will, you remove all uncertainty about your end-of-life preferences and the sense of guilt your health care surrogate may have if there was no written living will.
A written living will ensure that you will be treated the way you choose while also alleviating responsibility from the people closest to you. Your living will is not just about your care, it is also for the benefit of your loved one who will have to make that difficult end-of-life decision for you. A living will give them peace of mind as well.
Whether you would like advice about drafting your living will appointing a power of attorney, managing trusts, or estate planning, contact us today to set up a consultation.
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