Wills and Trusts

What is a living will?

Posted by admin on January 6, 2017

One of the most important documents you can have drafted is a living will. This is something completely different than a traditional will that simply leaves property to certain people after your death. It is a document that allows you to dictate your wishes for end of life medical care in the event that you are ever unable to communicate your decisions after a life changing event such as an illness or accident. If you need a living will created, even if you are not dealing with a serious medical issue at the moment, a Round Rock Wills & Trusts Attorney can assist you within the Round Rock, TX area and surrounding regions.

In many cases, you may want to have assistance in creating a living will in addition to estate planning. It allows your family members and medical professionals to know exactly what your wishes are in regard to your medical care. For instance, you can have a clause about DNR (do not resuscitate) added into your living will in the event that you would otherwise be left in a vegetative state or if you are so ill that there is no hope for recovery. Many states have forms that allow you to state your wishes in as much or as little detail as you want.

For a living will to be considered valid, it must meet the requirements of notarization or witnesses within your state. You are also free to revoke a living will any time you like. It can take effect upon the moment of signing a living will or once the individual is no longer able to communicate their wishes for treatment.

Typically, when you have a living will, you deem someone close to you as power of attorney regarding your health care. That person is usually a close family member, such as a child or spouse, and they have the ability to oversee that your health care wishes are overseen and will make decisions for you regarding your care. If you are interested in having a living will drafted, you need the assistance of a skilled Round Rock Wills & Trusts Attorney at your disposal. Be sure to contact the Jackson Law Firm if you are within the Round Rock, Tx area.

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