Why do I need a Living Will?
Being faced with a terminal illness or with the prospect of being brain dead and on life support;
What should happen to you?
Would your kids agree with you?
Would they agree with each other?
If faced with the same situation regarding the health care of your own parents;
Would you agree with them?
Would you agree with your siblings?
Maybe you don’t know the answers to these questions. And that’s why you need a living will.
What does a living will do for me?
If you think about it, I would bet you know the answer to the first question above. Being faced with a terminal illness or with the prospect of being brain dead and on life support, what should happen to you? This is the fundamental question you must confront before sitting down with the Attorney who will draft your Living Will.
A Living Will serves two purposes – it directs your doctor to treat you according to your own preferences when you can no longer speak for yourself, and it keeps your family members from fighting over what you would want. Like a Last Will and Testament, a Living Will lessens the potential for internal family conflicts over issues that should be decided by you ahead of time.
If you think your family would end up conflicted over removing you from life support (or keeping you on it) and you do not want them to fight over that issue with each other and themselves, you should make sure you have a fully enforceable Living Will.
To learn more about what provisions might be contained in a Living Will, read this.