Your life, your choice. Create a Living Will.
A Living Will is a legal document that a person uses to make known his/her wishes regarding life-prolonging medical treatments if they develop a terminal condition. It can also be referred to as an “advance directive,” “health care directive,” or a “physician’s directive.”
For situations where you are incapacitated and therefore not able to speak for yourself, but you are not suffering from a terminal disease, you should have a “health care power of attorney” (also known as a “health care proxy” or “designation of health care surrogate”). Through this document, you give someone else the authority to make health care decisions for you in the event you are incapacitated.
A Living Will and a Designation of Health Care Surrogate may be combined into a single document. A Living Will should not be confused with a living trust, which is a mechanism for holding and distributing a person’s assets after their death.
The Estate Planning and Trust attorneys of Bogin, Munns & Munns have extensive experience in the preparation of Living Wills and can advise you and your family about them and other issues regarding estate planning.