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Living Will

What is a Living Will?

A living will documents your desires for treatment in the event of a terminal or irreversible condition that requires life supportive care. It is also known as Directive to Physician.

Many mistake this for a traditional will or “last will”. However, the term living will exists solely because the document tells the world your “will” while you are alive.

Living wills also should not be mistaken for living trusts, which take control of property during life and leave instructions for how to handle property during life and after death.

Living wills tell doctors whether or not to pull the plug. It is a supplement to a Medical Power of Attorney that names loved ones who will make medical decisions for you if you are unable. If you were in a situation where you could no longer speak for yourself, and the doctors say you are going to die, would you like to pull the plug? Some people say, “GET ME OUTTA HERE!” Others say, “Hey let’s see what could happen. I want a chance.”

Whichever side you fall on, it is likely you wouldn’t want to make the decision for some one else. That is why every estate plan we do contains a directive where clients make that decision up front. After all, why leave an extra burden on loved ones if something like this happens to you? Make the decision today and get it recorded.

What if I can’t make up my mind?

If you are still unsettled about the decision, don’t fret. If it seems hard for you to choose, imagine how hard it will be for your sister, or mother to choose. Making a choice now puts a plan in place.

You can create a new living will at any time! At our firm, we offer free changes to your plan for 90 days so you can make the choice and change it easily if you later feel unsure about it.

If you are like most, you have already made this decision for yourself. Get your living will done today and free your loved ones of a critical decision!

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