A Living Will is a written statement that outlines your wishes regarding end of life procedures. This document commences when an individual has a terminal condition, an end-stage condition, or is in a persistent vegetative state, and there are some clear benefits to having it in place:
Specify the treatments you want or don’t want
Would you want your life prolonged with machines? Are there any circumstances where you wouldn’t want life-saving measures taken? If you pass, do you want to donate your organs?
The answers to these questions can obviously vary from person to person, depending upon both your personal beliefs and the unique medical situation you might be facing. A Living Will allows you to address the many possible scenarios and give your doctors guidance on how you want to be treated.
Stop family arguments
It’s not unusual for family members to disagree over end-of-life care. You may have relatives that are leery of certain procedures, for example, or they may have strong feelings about what kind of extraordinary measures should (or should not) be taken in life or death situations. Unfortunately, the added emotional stress of your illness can cause these disagreements to quickly become heated and in extreme cases, cause long-term damage to the family unit.
A Living Will eliminates the need for these discussions and thus, the potential for a disagreement. You’ve already specified what you want or don’t want; there’s no point in debate.
Ease the burden of decision
Possible disagreements aside, these are never easy decisions to make. Having a Living Will removes that burden from your family, so there’s no guilt and no second-guessing.
Get peace of mind
With a Living Will, you have control over your medical care, even if you’re not able to voice your wishes at the time. This allows you to know what range of treatments and outcomes you can expect, regardless of what complications might arise.
Your Living Will is actually one of three important documents that make up your Healthcare Directives. This document, along with a Designation of Health Care Surrogate and a Declaration of Pre-Need Guardian, is an essential piece to any good estate plan and should be drafted by an experienced estate planning attorney.
Spiegel Law, PLLC, can help you create the estate plan you need. Call us today for your free consultation.