Living Will Lawyer
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A Living Will, also commonly referred to as an "Advanced Healthcare Directive," is a legal document in Estate Planning that makes your wishes known for various medical situations in the event that you become physically incapacitated or end up in a diminished mental capacity.
A living will only addresses medical related issues.
Typically, you should have two witnesses to sign your Living Will documents. It is recommended that one of the witnesses not be a spouse or blood relative. You should also know that your witnesses cannot be named as your healthcare surrogate, and your named healthcare surrogate must be over the age of 18.
The broad discription of what a Living Will covers is:
- Your wishes regarding the medical care you want to receive if you are incapacitated and cannot communicate your own desires.
- You can appoint a trusted person that you know to make medical decisions on your behalf if you are unable to make your own medical decisions.
Living wills generally cover situations involving:
- Life-Prolonging Medical Care: generally includes, blood transfusions, CPR, diagnostic tests, dialyses, administration of drugs, use of a respirator, and surgery.
- Food and Water: This involves your wishes in the event you would need intravenous food and water to keep you alive.
- Palliative Care: Involves pain reduction when you have chosen not to partake in life prolonging treatments.
If you have questions regarding your Living Will legal needs, contact our office today.