Having a living will provides peace of mind that should accompany any comprehensive estate plan. Many take comfort in knowing that even in the event that they become incapacitated, or can no longer communicate, their healthcare is still under their control.
What is a living will?
A living will is also referred to as an advance directive or healthcare directive, and expresses how an individual wants to handle end of life healthcare. A will expresses wishes for distribution of an estate; a living will is for physicians and health care professionals to understand what type of care you want without relying solely on the decisions of family members.
This document helps doctors, physicians and health care professionals to handle a number of situations such as when to use or not use CPR, or palliative care. Palliative care is commonly referenced, which means it is specified as acceptable to provide care that reduces pain and suffering.
What happens without a living will?
Without a living will, someone may be delegated to make decisions on your behalf. Unless you feel truly confident that this individual understands the full scope of your personal wishes and philosophies, a living will is the safest way to capture your demands for all of the possible situations that may occur.
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