June 15, 2017

What is a Living Will?

Imagine, you are going about your day. Errands, driving to and from work, taking the kids to the park. Now imagine that while you are out, tragedy strikes. It could be a medical emergency, a car accident, or the result of a natural disaster.

No matter the cause, you end up in the hospital. Do you have a plan in place? Something to tell the doctors, and your family, what your wishes are in case you are unable to voice those opinions at the time?

What you need is a Living Will.

A Living Will, sometimes called an advanced health directive, is a document outlining instructions for your medical care should you become unable to communicate your wishes.

Your Living Will is works in conjunction with your Power of Attorney. Because while a Living Will expresses your wishes, it does not appoint a person to act on your behalf to make the decisions. Your Power of Attorney is the person who will be your voice while yours is out of commission for a while.

You might think that your family knows your wishes and would act on them accordingly. But put yourself in their place. They will be distraught, alarmed, and possibly even angry if they are having to argue over your care with another family member.

Wouldn’t it be nice if you had a document in place that they could all refer to. Something that lets them know exactly what you want.

In addition, your wishes might be different than yours. And while they love you, they might use their own judgment and wishes, instead of your own.

Make these important decisions easier for your family. Make your Living Will now, to save potential headache and heartache in the future.

If you don’t currently have a Living Will in place, or you wish to update yours, then come talk with us. We will help you ensure your wishes are taken care of.