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Living Will

Most people assume that estate planning only offers benefits after you’re deceased. In fact, it can also be essential to your well-being while you’re still alive if you become incapacitated and can no longer make medical decisions.

Along with the other estate planning services we provide to residents of Chandler, AZ, Walk-In Wills also helps clients draft comprehensive living wills. If you don’t currently have a living will in place, now is the perfect time to get started.

Understanding a Living Will

Living wills provide explicit information on the types of medical care you desire in the event of a life-threatening situation. If you’re unable to provide information to medical staff due to incapacity, they will be unaware of the types of healthcare you prefer. Your family will also have to step in at this point and make tough decisions, which can be extremely challenging during an already difficult time.

Types of Medical Decisions Included in These Documents

Living wills can provide information on many forms of medical care and procedures, including:

  • Ventilation – Ventilation helps a person breathe when they can’t do so on their own. Your living will can specify whether you want this treatment, and for how long.
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) – CPR is used to re-start a person’s heart after it’s ceased beating. Some people choose to forgo CPR in a life-threatening situation, while others may allow this treatment.
  • Palliative care – Palliative care is a type of medical care that makes people comfortable at the end of their lives. However, it stops short of preserving or extending life.
  • Other Treatments – You can also provide information on many other treatments and procedures within a living will, including medication administration, intravenous tube feeding, organ donation, and dialysis, which helps the kidneys function when they can’t do so on their own.

Deciding which medical treatments to include and exclude in a living will can be challenging. Along with consulting your attorney, we also recommend that you discuss the document with your primary care physician.

Why Living Wills Are Crucial to Your Well-Being

In the event you do not have a living will in place, medical staff might administer treatments against your wishes. Lacking a living will also make the process much harder on your family. They may not be aware of what treatments you prefer. There may also be conflict among family members when it comes to applicable treatments.

How Walk-In Wills Can Help

We understand that creating a living will can be an emotional process. That’s why Walk-In Wills provides compassionate assistance to your clients. With our help, you can rest assured that your medical wishes will be honored when the time comes.

Schedule a free consultation at our office today by calling (480) 470-7000. You can also contact us to learn more about our firm and what we can do for you.