Living Wills & Medical Care Directive
Living wills and advance directives for medical decisions are oral and written instructions that let health care professionals know how to handle your medical care in the event that you can no longer make those decisions for yourself.
The medical care directives name the person entitled to make decisions on your behalf in cases of:
- Terminal Illness
- Serious Injury
- End of Life Decisions
Should I Have a Living Will?
Whether you are planning for your estate or not, you may be asking yourself: Do I need a living will?
Living wills should be considered at any stage of life – it is never too early to draft a living will. They provide protection for you and your family or important decision makers, and they can help to avoid ambiguity in end-of-life decisions and medical care.
Advance directives and living wills are not set in stone, and they should always be up-to-date. If you do not have a living will, those important decisions could end up being turned over to the court or a court-appointed attorney – instead of your family.
Planning Ahead with a Living Will
By planning ahead through writing a living will, you can ensure that you get the medical care you desire in the event of any case in which you cannot make those important decisions. An advance directive will also help to relieve much undue stress on your family or caregivers, as well as confusion or ambiguity in the treatment you wish to receive.
For further information on advance directives for medical decisions and living wills, contact our offices online or call today at (734) 397-4540 for a free probate lawyer consultation.