What Is A Living Will And Do I Need One?

This is a common question.  Generally speaking, I actually advocate for clients to consider an Advanced Healthcare Directive which is a legal document combining both a Living Will and a Healthcare Power of Attorney. In this document, the Living Will allows you to express your personal wishes regarding life prolonging healthcare decisions in the event you are unable to make them yourself due to illness or injury.  The Healthcare Power of Attorney allows you to name a personal agent to make all manner of healthcare decisions on your behalf should you be unable.  Without an Advanced Healthcare Directive in place medical providers and/or family will make decisions on your behalf that may or may not coincide with your desires.  In my opinion, it’s a good idea for anyone 18 years of age or older to have an Advanced Healthcare Directive should they desire a degree of control over their medical care in situations of incapacitation.  Additionally, having an Advanced Healthcare Directive in place can relieve a lot of stress, anxiety and even strife amongst family members and friends who might have differing opinions regarding your medical treatment when incapacitated.  Sound estate planning, including an Advanced Healthcare Directive, provides great peace of mind to you and your loved ones.

If you are in need of an Advanced Healthcare Directive, or have further questions, please contact us.  Serving clients in Davidson, Cornelius, Concord, Charlotte, Huntersville, Mooresville and all of the larger Lake Norman area, we are eager to help.