Living Wills

By: Gummer Elder Law  07/15/2015
Keywords: Elder Law, Living Wills, Elder Law Attorneys

Modern advancements in medicine have made it possible for us to live longer than ever before. While these advancements have substantially extended our lives, such an extension may not be desirable because it may lower our quality of life and result in a loss of our dignity. Since all competent adults have the right to make their own medical decisions, you may want to tell your doctor now not to take heroic or extraordinary means to prolong your life in the future if you become ill and there is no hope for your eventual recovery. You can do this by preparing a living will. A living will is a legal document in which you direct your doctor to withhold or withdraw life-sustaining treatment, whose only purpose is to prolong your dying process, if you are in an end-stage medical condition or a state of permanent unconsciousness. A living will lets you to decide now what medical treatment you want in the future if you become incompetent and are in an end-stage medical condition or a state of permanent unconsciousness. Failure to prepare a living will may cause increased stress on your loved ones who are left to decide the proper medical treatment for you.

Keywords: Elder Law, Elder Law Attorneys, Living Wills

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