By Carl A. Glad, Esq., Partner, Law Offices of Kurt M. Ahlberg LLC
An unforeseen event, such as a stroke, can make it impossible for you to make medical decisions or communicate your desires regarding your treatment. Your family, loved-ones, or even complete strangers or Court appointed representatives will have to make decisions about your medical treatment and whether to sustain your life. Without guidance, such a decision can be unbearably difficult for them to make. You can take that burden away by making that decision in advance.
Of all your Estate Planning tools, the Advance Directive is the most helpful for your loved-ones. Certainty a Power-of-Attorney is necessary to ensure your financial needs can be meet in the event of incapacity. Everyone should have a Last Will and Testament. But, the potential for a catastrophic medical event requires that your put into place your Advance Directives.
Commonly known as a Living Will, your Advance Directives outline instructions for certain medical treatments. Most frequently these legal documents will direct whether you want artificial life sustaining measures. These measures include but are not limited to nutrition and hydration, respiration, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
These documents will ensure that your desires for treatment or met, but more importantly this will be a great relief of your loved-ones. You will be making the end of life decision on your own. You will not burden your family with that decision and the lasting guilt that they may have to suffer. Making this decision will also prevent a potential conflict over your actual desires.
Protecting your family is easily accomplished by meeting with an attorney to discuss your Advance Directives.
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