A living will is an advanced health care directive that states what kind of health care you want if you are incapacitated and unable to decide for yourself. This includes decisions regarding medical treatment to prolong your life, organ donation, funeral preferences, burial and cremation.
You may remember the Terri Schiavo case from Florida, where there was a fight between Terri’s husband and parents over what HER wishes were regarding medical treatment and intervention. A living will would have prevented this traumatic, public battle.
Crawford and Boyle, LLC will prepare a living will at your direction for only $150; if spouses have their living wills prepared at the same time, the total cost is $200 (a $100 savings).
FIVE REASONS YOU SHOULD INVEST IN A LIVING WILL TODAY
- Communicating YOUR decisions
If you are competent and able to communicate, you can tell your doctor that you do not wish to have extraordinary means used to keep you alive. But if you are not able to communicate this decision and do not have a living will, someone else will have to decide for you.
- Protecting your family
When you execute a living will, you are protecting your family from a potentially stressful situation. It is wrenching for families to have to make the decision to stop life-saving measures for a loved one. Having a living will in place takes this burden off of your family and lets them know that it is what you want.
- Avoiding expensive hospital bills
Although the choice to stop life support should never be a financial one, the fact is that it can cost as much as $5,000.00 a day to keep a patient on life support. Once again, if you have made your wishes known, you can avoid piling up expensive hospital bills for which your loved ones will be responsible after your death.
- You have control
A living will gives you control. You can specify what types of treatment you do or don’t want used. Do you want the hospital to try cardiac resuscitation but not to place you on a mechanical respirator? Would you want to be placed on antibiotics, but not fed through a tube? Through a living will, you can direct the type of care you want even when you may not be in a position to make your wishes known. Don’t worry about locking yourself into a decision you may want to change later. Signing a living will does not take away your decision-making power. It goes into effect only if you are unable to make decisions yourself and are unable to communicate.
- Your wishes are binding
Finally, remember that simply discussing your beliefs and thoughts about end-of-life medical care with friends and family does not mean your wishes will be carried out. Without a legal document, your decisions are not binding.
Unfortunately, YOU CANNOT CONTROL if and when you will need a living will. Unexpected accidents occur every day. Secure your peace of mind and protect your family from hard and expensive decisions by contacting Crawford and Boyle, LLC so that we may draft a living will according to your specifications and put it into place TODAY.
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