The Value Of A Living Will

We often take for granted the ability to express ourselves and make our wishes known, but incapacity can rob us of that power. A living will is a legal document that gives you the power to put those wishes down on paper, so that you will retain control over your medical treatment, even in the event that you become incapacitated.

At Hamra Law Firm, LLC, I handle a broad range of estate planning matters, including helping my clients establish living wills. With more than 30 years of experience serving clients in Missouri, I can guide you through all aspects of the process.

What Does A Living Will Cover?

A living will, also known as an advance health care directive, typically addresses end-of-life and life-prolonging care and treatment. People who establish a living will can make their wishes known in regard to treatment such as:

  • Resuscitation
  • Blood transfusions
  • Dialysis
  • Use of a respirator
  • Surgery
  • Feeding tubes
  • Hydration
  • Palliative care

The benefit of certain types of care and treatment is not always obvious. Living wills take ambiguity out of the equation. In addition to a living will, you may also establish a health care power of attorney, a legal document that gives a trusted person decision-making authority over your medical decisions, in the event you become incapacitated.

Sparing Your Loved Ones Tough Decisions

With no living will in place, your loved ones may be forced to make painful decisions on your behalf. Conflict, especially regarding end-of-life treatment, can cause significant turmoil within the family. By establishing a living will, you can quell these disagreements before they have a chance to surface. Your wishes will be specified in writing. If your living will is properly drafted, there will be no ambiguity, and your loved ones can be spared the possibility of vexing decisions and conflict.

Discuss Your Critical Legal Matters With An Experienced Missouri Lawyer

Are you ready to secure your wishes regarding medical treatment? I am here to guide you through the process. Contact my Chesterfield law office today at 636-898-5881 or 800-243-8084 or online by filling out a brief contact form.