The “living will” instructs the person designated in your health care power of attorney. Generally, through the living will, you will make decisions about your care in the event of a situation where you are in a persistent vegetative state or where there is no likelihood of recovery. Many people fear living in a mental state where there is a limited quality of life or limited to no mental activity. For some, the toll of medical care at that point is excessive and those people would rather not sustain existence. Others prefer that they receive all medical care necessary to sustain life.

Each of these options is available through the living will and through planning you have the opportunity to choose whichever option you prefer. If there is no living will in place, your family will have to rely on a designated priority list created through state law to determine which person makes these vital healthcare decisions.

Is a Living Will Necessary? Why Make Final Directives?

So many people discuss end of life scenarios but never make concrete plans for unexpected events. A “living will” is necessary to address those events for which loved ones will want every decision to be as easy as possible. It is difficult to deal with crisis, and sometimes the potential exists for a fight over whether or not to provide life sustaining treatment. We seek to provide solutions for potential problems before they occur so that those leaving a legacy can do so in peace.

See Also: Why You Need both a Will and a Trust

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