Many people don’t understand the importance of a living will. If you want to make sure that your medical wishes are respected, you need to outline your preferences in your living will. We’ve taken the time to answer some of your questions regarding the use of living wills. If you have additional questions, or if you’d like to create this important estate planning document, meet with an estate planning attorney.
What is a living will?
A living will is an important estate planning document that allows you to outline your wishes regarding certain end of life medical treatments and procedures. Many people use this document to express their wishes regarding life support. If you don’t wish to remain on life support, it’s important to include your thoughts in your living will.
Is a living will all that I need?
A living will is important to have, but it does not help to handle all of your medical needs. It’s also beneficial to have a healthcare power of attorney in place. This document lets you choose an agent who will be responsible for helping to make important medical decisions. This person will be in charge of making careful decisions that have your best interest in mind.
Why should I create a living will?
A living will has many benefits. A living will not only allows you to have some control of your medical decisions, even when you’re physically unable to make choices. It can also help to take away some of the burden that your family may face. It can be extremely difficult for a loved one to “pull the plug.”
A living will can also help to keep your personal matters out of court. If family members disagree about your medical treatment, they may go to court to get approval to make decisions as in the Terri Schiavo case. Terri was kept alive while brain dead for 15 years.
If you have any additional questions about the need for a living will, consult with a qualified estate planning attorney.