What is a Living Will

What is a Living Will?

What is a Living Will?

A living will, or advance directive, is a formal document stating one’s wishes for medical treatment if they are no longer able to give consent or communicate their preferences. This document explicitly states whether and which medical treatments should be provided if the person becomes terminally ill or are critically injured in an accident and are no longer able to express their informed consent.

Here are two reasons why you would need a living will.

Life is unpredictable

You never know what’s going to happen. While we hope that nothing bad will happen to you, it’s better to be prepared than unprepared. As Ben Franklin said, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” – and we couldn’t agree more. Above all, you want to have final say in your medical decisions. If something happens where you can’t communicate your preferences, that’s where a living will can step in and be your voice.

Forcing family to make hard medical decisions can be a heavy burden

In a time of crisis, emotions are high. Expecting family members to make clear-headed decisions may be asking too much. The decisions may be complicated and often come with long-term consequences. By planning ahead for any unforeseeable accident or serious illness, you can ensure there will be one less burden your loved ones will need to shoulder.

A probate lawyer is experienced with preparing living wills and last wills. By taking the initiative to create this affordable living will with a probate lawyer, you can create a sense of peace knowing that your medical decisions are in place in case anything unexpected happens. Dan Burke Attorney at Law is an experienced probate lawyer. Call to schedule a consultation to get your living will started today.


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