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Living Will or Health Care Directives

Living Wills are for everyone, even healthy people.

When beginning the estate planning process, don’t overlook a living will. A living will, also called a directive to physicians or advance directive, outlines a person’s preferences for end-of-life medical care in case they become unable to communicate their decisions. This can include as few or as many details as the client would like to make sure they are getting the care they want. Also, unlike common assumptions, it is important for all adults to prepare a living will in case of an unexpected end-of-life situation.

Making these difficult choices early can save family and/or caregivers from the stress and turmoil of having to guess what a person’s wishes would be in terms of treatment. Having a living will in place ensures that a client’s wishes are apparent and upheld if such a situation should arise.

The requirements for a living will vary by state so many people choose to hire a lawyer to help guide them through the process, although it is not required. If you need to write or update a will or trust, you can consult with an attorney and take care of your living will at the same time.

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