Creating estate planning documents can be challenging at best. Not only do you need to consider the many options available to you as you document your end-of-life wishes, but you may have questions about how to create all of the documents you need to ensure that your wishes are upheld.
While some of the documents in your estate plan are familiar, such as your last will and testament and powers of attorney, a living will document is something that can pose a mental and emotional challenge. This document is also critical when you want to relay your final wishes to your family members.
A living will is a type of medical directive that states how you would like your medical professionals to proceed if you become unable to verbalize your own health care wishes. Stating your expectations in a living will document can be incredibly important because you will have provided your medical professionals with a clear procedure and may also prevent family members from disputing about your treatment and care. Furthermore, having an established living will provides a clear process when something unexpected happens during an anticipated end-of-life situation.
Detailing your wishes in a living well can give you greater peace of mind as well as direct your family members during what may be a stressful time. If you are preparing to create your estate planning documents, the additional living will is critical.
If you have questions about your current estate planning documents or you need to begin an estate plan, contact us at Meadows & Aderhold, P.A. to schedule a consultation. We can provide you with sound estate planning advice.