Passing away unexpectedly can leave your family with double the heartache if you haven’t left a plan to help guide them through the steps they should take. But, what if you are only incapacitated? Is there a will for the living?
Absolutely. Living wills are similar to regular wills in that they provide your family with a course of action to take when you are no longer around to direct them. However, living wills are for those who have become incapacitated, meaning the personal cannot move, speak or show signs of cognitive activity.
Specifically, living wills often deal with situations where a person has fallen into a permanent comma or a life-threatening condition by instructing healthcare providers whether different life-prolonging treatments should be used.
In most cases, providing this information can help families find closure if a loved one will remain permanently unconsciousness.
No civil, criminal, or professional liability in following wishes of declarant pursuant to declaration executed according to statute.
Physicians who carry out a patient’s wishes according with a living will cannot be held legally liable for any related criminal, professional or civil claims.
Appointing a durable power of attorney to assist in communicating your medical wishes and resume responsibility of your financial affairs may also help prevent disputes and aid the rest of your family.
To create a living will, appoint a durable power of attorney or learn more about these estate planning steps, contact an attorney for help. An attorney can you feel secure by knowing that your wishes will be carried out accordingly and your loved ones will be taken care of in the event that you unexpectedly pass away or become incapacitated.