A living will is a legal document that details your healthcare preferences, should you become unable to make decisions on your own. It not only ensures that treatment aligns with personal decisions during critical conditions, but also eases family stress and potential conflict. Combined with a healthcare power of attorney, a living will is an important component of your estate plan that should not be overlooked.
A living will can outline your preferences for specific medical treatments and interventions in Ohio. It plays a crucial role in aligning healthcare decisions with personal preferences, providing a straightforward guide for medical professionals and family members during critical health situations.
A Living Will addresses your wishes for end-of-life decisions. Emotions can influence your family’s decisions when it comes to end of life, but a living will can clearly direct your family and healthcare providers when your health deteriorates, or you have a terminal condition.
Organ donation can be a selfless act that can save the life of other patients in need of a transplant, however without a clear directive, organ donation can create stress and strife for your family members as they grapple with this decision. A living will can direct healthcare providers to donate your organs for transplant or research upon your death.
Healthcare providers are committed to treating patients at every life stage. A living will is crucial because, without it, providers may lack knowledge of your preferences. This can potentially lead to prolonged treatments, mounting medical expenses, or unnecessary tests. This legal document offers clear guidance, ensuring healthcare professionals deliver the appropriate care aligned with your specific preferences.
The estate planning attorneys at Carlile, Patchen & Murphy can walk you through the many options and help you craft a living will that creates peace of mind for you, your family, and your healthcare providers. Schedule a consultation with one of our Living Will attorneys today to get started.