While not a pleasant thought, it is important to understand that there may come a point in life when you might be unable to make medical decisions for yourself. If you were to become terminally ill or severely injured and are unable to speak for yourself, doctors and loved ones may be left with the responsibility of making medical decisions on your behalf. A living will is one way to make your final wishes known.
What is a Living Will
A living will is a document that is prepared in advance as a directive to doctors or caregivers that details your wishes as they pertain to end-of-life medical care, in the event that you are unable to communicate them on your own. It explains your desire for life-saving treatments and whether you want to be kept on life support or not, thereby relieving loved ones of making the decision for you. This document is different from a standard will, and has no power after death.
What to Consider When Preparing a Living Will
Serious thought needs to be put into the preparation of a living will. You need to think about which treatments you would want to extend your life, and if there are any circumstances in which you would not want life-saving procedures. Decisions regarding being placed on a medical ventilator, as well as organ and tissue donation should be addressed in the document.
Creating a Living Will
A living will is only valid if it is prepared correctly according to specific state laws, therefore this important document should be prepared by an experienced attorney, like those at Churchill, Quinn, Richtman & Hamilton, Ltd. We will help guide you through the process of making the necessary thoughtful, informed decisions that this document requires. Contact us at 847-223-1500 for more information.
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