Fulfill Your Last Wishes with a Living Will

Fulfill Your Last Wishes with a Living Will

As long as you are healthy and coherent, you have the right to make a decision regarding health care. In case you get ill, you could ultimately decide to refuse or accept medical treatment. However, when you're in a state of incoherence, the decision of medical treatment lies in the hands of your immediate family or health care providers.

If you face a permanent disability or a terminal illness, you could lose the right and ability to decide for your own medical treatment. If you haven't prepared instructions, it will be impossible for anyone to know what you would have wanted to happen. To avoid having important decisions made on your behalf, and to make the situation easier for your family, having a living will is key.

Consider the case of Terri Schiavo. Terri's wishes were interpreted and reinterpreted during the last 12 years of her life. The conflict centered on whether or not she would have wished to die and avoid being in a vegetative state, or, if she would have wished to fight for her chance of life. In retrospect, since Terri did not have a living will, it is impossible to know if she received the type of death she would have wanted.

The Schiavo case is a good example of the legal disputes that could take place with the absence of a living will. A living will is a legal binding document that allows you to communicate your wishes when it comes to medical treatment. It typically contains directives on how you would like to be taken care of in case you have a debilitating illness and are incapable of making your own decisions. A living will also allows you to appoint a guardian or health care surrogate.

Attorney Search Network can help you find a lawyer who handles living will matters. Will and estate planning lawyers can assist you with drafting a simple living will or change an existing living will to reflect your wishes.

If you have any questions about the information provided above, please contact Attorney Search Network.

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