A living will allows you to include medical directives that you wish for your medical team and family to follow in the event that you become ill or incapacitated and can no longer speak or make decisions for yourself. Please don’t wait until it’s too late to create a living will. Although it can be upsetting or stressful thinking about your end-of-life plan, it will make the sad times more manageable knowing you have a plan in place.
How a Living Will Can Protect Family Members
When you don’t have a living will, who gets the final say in your last wishes could be left in the hands of the courts or a distant family member. But, establishing specific instructions for medical treatment takes the pressure off of your family.
Making tough decisions about your life isn’t easy, so why not ensure your final wishes are met and avoid giving power to someone you don’t know or trust. In many states, when you don’t have a living will, medical decision-making becomes the responsibility of your spouse first (if you are partnered), then your immediate family. If you are not legally married to your long-time partner, they will not be able to make medical decisions on your behalf.
Benefits of a Living Will
The loss of a family member is hard enough, don’t let the added stress of not having medical directives in place be one of them. There are many benefits of a living will, including:
- Gives you the ability to say no to treatment options you don’t want
- Gives you peace of mind knowing the outcome of medical decisions
- Makes end-of-life decision-making easy on your family.
- Doctors and medical staff will know your wishes
- Reduces the chance of arguments within your family about your medical treatment
When estate planning, the team at Mark Weseman Law can help give you and your family peace of mind when creating your living will. Contact our office to schedule a consultation and start taking the steps towards establishing your end-of-life directives today.