Many people include living wills as part of their comprehensive estate plan. Living wills are documents that delineate whether a person should remain on life support if they become terminally ill or if they should fall into a vegetative state. Living wills also address other essential questions, such as preferences for artificial hydration, tube feeding, and pain medication. Unlike a last will, which outlines a person’s wishes for after they die, a living will becomes effective when a person can no longer make and communicate decisions.
We recommend a living will if any of the following situations apply to you:
- You have a desire to put your wishes down on paper, so they are more likely to be carried out.
- The possibility of surgery or hospitalization is in your future.
- You have several estate planning documents already, but you want to complete the process.
- You are living with a terminal condition.
Like a healthcare power of attorney, living wills let you pick someone you trust to make medical decisions for you if you become unable to. You must be of sound mind to create a living will to ensure no one is allowed to force you to create one of these documents against your wishes.
At NorthPointe Law Group, we would be more than happy to help you create a living will or answer any questions you may have about this document. Please reach out to our office today to speak with one of our representatives.