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Living Wills & Advanced Health Care Directives

Making end-of-life wishes can be daunting, especially in the face of a terminal illness or serious injury. However, planning ahead to ensure that your wishes are followed when the time comes may make the situation easier for you and your loved ones. Where it concerns your health care and preferred medical treatment, preparing a health care directive may be a smart and practical thing to do. Our office can help you prepare ahead of time and can make difficult health care decisions less stressful.

  1. What is a Living Will and Advanced Health Care Directive?
    An Advanced Health Care Directive, as the name suggested, provides guidance to your Health Care Agent and Doctors about what kind of health care choices you would want made for you in difference circumstances; these documents are often referred to as “living wills.” You choose the end of life medical procedures you do not wish to have if you become terminally ill or permanently unconscious.
  2. Do I need an attorney to help me?
    Many hospitals have free Advanced Health Care Directives that address a few limited forms of life support but much more detailed directives can be done with an attorney and the more detailed guidance is usually much more helpful to families.  An attorney can also make sure that the witness rules are followed as forms provided in hospitals are often witnessed by inappropriate witnesses that can render them invalid. An attorney can also ensure that added language is put in the directive to make it effective in other states that have different execution requirements.

If you, or anyone you know, may need any assistance with a Living Will or Advanced Healthcare Directive or have any other estate planning concerns, please contact our office at (206) 408-8158, or visit our website at: www.dallawfirm.com.

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