The term, Living Wills, may be a bit misleading since living wills are not wills at all, but rather directions that are given regarding a person’s health care.
Living wills are written to let health care providers know a person’s instructions or wishes should they become incapacitated.
Without a living will, the person’s wishes may not be honored or respected.
Living wills are extremely important, especially if someone has very exact wishes for their end of life care.
If someone wishes not to be resuscitated should they become comatose, on a feeding tube, or if they choose to donate their organs it is best to create a living will that details all of these instructions.
If you would like to create a living will, it is important to meet with an experienced wills and estate attorney who can ensure that your will is drafted according to current state law.
When a living will is not drafted correctly, it may be null and void during a critical decision making time. Your best step in ensuring the legality of your living will is to meet with an attorney and have a consultation.
When you meet with your attorney, you should discuss the differences between a living will and the durable power of attorney.
Many people are often confused with the differences and mistake one for the other.
Durable power of attorney will enable an attorney to make legal decisions on your behalf. In fact, with durable power of attorney, an attorney may carry out the terms and specifications as set forth in your living will.