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A well-crafted living will can be a gift to your family

On Behalf of | Aug 26, 2023 | Estate planning

A living will is a legal instrument that articulates your preferences regarding medical treatments and interventions if you become incapacitated and unable to communicate your wishes. 

While these conversations can be uncomfortable, planning for such eventualities can spare your loved ones a lot of trouble. Think of the uncertainty and stress that can arise when family members are left guessing about your medical preferences during a critical moment. It can be a breeding ground for conflicts that can potentially tear your loved ones apart.

The significance of a living will

A living will offers clarity and direction in difficult situations. Without such plans, family members might find themselves grappling with tough decisions. Leaving guidelines for medical procedures, life-sustaining treatments and end-of-life care empowers your loved ones to make hard decisions that align with your wishes.

In addition to providing direction, a living will can offer your family emotional comfort. Knowing that they are fulfilling your medical preferences can alleviate the guilt and doubt that can accompany certain end-of-life decisions. Your loved ones do not have to be consumed by anxiety over whether they’re making the right choices.

It’s not just for the elderly

While it’s natural to associate living wills with aging, unexpected accidents or medical conditions can affect anyone at any stage of life. As such, you should have a living will just in case anything happens.

It is equally important to understand that a living will isn’t a static document; it can evolve as your circumstances and preferences change. Regularly reviewing and updating your living will ensures it accurately reflects your current wishes. Most importantly, seek legal guidance to ensure you have a legally enforceable document you can count on when the unexpected happens.