Having a living will (also called an advance health care directive, or do-not-resuscitate/DNR), should be a major part of your estate planning. A Living Will states your wishes in the event you are on life support and can’t communicate your end-of-life wishes. A living will only take effect if you’re within hours of dying, in an irreversible coma, or a persistent vegetative state and can no longer communicate your wishes. It spares your family and loved ones, the agony of making life support decisions without your input.
Any person over the age of 18 should have one – life is precious, and our time may come at any moment. If that’s not enough, here are some extra reasons you need obtain one:
Having one will state your wishes so that they will be carried out.
Choosing what to put in your living will is entirely up to you. You can be as specific or broad as you want. However, there are areas you should cover. You’ll need to have your wishes in writing regarding the most common life sustaining treatments. Your living will will give guidance for the following:
In addition to a Living Will, you will also want to consider preparing a Health Care Power of Attorney to designate someone to make healthcare decisions for you, and a Durable Power of Attorney to make financial decisions for you. For more information about creating a living will or a comprehensive estate plan contact us today.