While most people are familiar with the concept of a last will and testament, fewer people are aware of Living Wills. A Living Will is a separate document from a standard will because it does not handle the distribution of the estate after your decease. Instead, it provides helpful guidelines to your health care team and your family about the treatment you wish to receive in the event that you become incapacitated and unable to communicate your health care wishes.
Why is a Living Will So Complicated?
In Living Wills, many factors must be considered, and most of these factors will be unfamiliar to you; therefore, drafting a Living Will can be a complex and daunting task. This is why it is necessary to have an experienced estate-planning attorney draft your document. The practitioners at Williams, Kratcoski & Can have considerable experience with creating successful Living Wills that have accurately communicated their clients’ wishes to individuals responsible for providing for your care.
Sometimes a Living Will is drafted in conjunction with other related health care directives like a health care power of attorney or springing power of attorney. These documents appoint a trusted individual to be an advocate. In the event of your incapacitation, the lawyers at Williams, Kratcoski & Can provide guidance concerning whether or not a power of attorney for your health care pertains to your situation.
Living Wills require much time and consideration. It is possible to be as detailed or as general as you would like. Many clients define what types of care they would like to receive, while stipulating which measures they would like to have withheld. Some individuals are interested in prolonging life in this manner, while others choose to forego these measures.
Drafting a Living Will requires people to face many tough decisions. It is impossible to contemplate care at the end of your life, without considering how loved ones may be affected by the choices you make. As difficult as this may be, these agonizing choices should not be left to the discretion of loved ones. A Living Will provides the necessary legal directives that family often need.
The attorneys at Williams, Kratcoski & Can will help simplify the complex task of preparing your Living Will. Contact us or give us a call at 330-673-3444 to schedule your initial consultation. Weekend and evening appointments are available.