What is a Living Will?
A living will is not a will but a legal document where you express your preferences for medical treatment in the event you become unconscious or otherwise unable to communicate. For example, if you do not want to be kept on artificial life support, this preference can be made binding and clear in a living will.
Living wills may be tailored to the needs of each individual, but often address the following medical interventions, after-death preferences, and related matters:
Artificial nutrition and hydration
Electric shock therapy
Bodily tissue and organ donation
What happens if there is no Living Will?
It's too late! If you can no longer make decisions for yourself, and there is no living will, your preferences cannot be known in a legal document and decisions will have to be made for you.
When is the right time to prepare a Living Will document?
The right time to prepare a Living Will document is when you are still of sound mind and body. Once you are no longer capable expressing your wishes, you are also not capable of preparing a Living Will document with an attorney. Accidents and unexpected illness happen to the young, the aged, and those who don't expect it. The time to act is now.
To protect your interests, and life and death issues, and the interests of your loved ones, you need at least four documents:
* Living Will
LET'S MOVE FORWARD!
Gather up all the documents you can find including bank statements, 401K papers, home and automobile titles, and any other documents you can locate. Then contact Keith Weidman to schedule an appointment.
Let my 35 years of experience put your mind at ease.
Keith Weidman, Esq.