While it is often confused with a last will and testament, a living will is a separate, important legal document that outlines the medical care you wish to receive if you become incapacitated. A failure to establish a living will places a burden on your loved ones to determine your wishes.
At The Law Office of Jason R. Carpenter, we provide comprehensive estate planning services. From our office in Harrisburg, we help families throughout Central Pennsylvania establish estate plans that protect their wishes both today and in the long term. We strive to ensure the process is convenient for you and affordable for your family.
Benefits of Having a Living Will
Having a living will inside your estate plan provides a number of benefits for you and your loved ones, including:
- Ensure your wishes are followed – Because a living will specifies what types of medical treatments you do and do not want, your doctors can be sure they are acting according to your wishes.
- Avoid family arguments – If you do not have a living will, your loved ones may have to come together to make a medical decision. While your entire family has your best wishes in mind, that does not mean they will agree what the right option is for you. A living will helps prevent a heated conflict by providing clear instructions for your medical care.
- Provide your loved ones with greater peace of mind – Unless there are clear instructions, your loved ones may never know for sure whether they acted according to your wishes. A living will helps ease that burden by making it clear what your desires are for your end-of-life medical decisions.
So how is having a living will different from a health care power of attorney (POA)? A POA gives a designated individual the power to make medical decisions for the incapacitated person. A POA is a good thing to have, but on its own, it does not give specific directions about medical treatment to the personal representative. It merely gives the individual the right to make decisions.
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