Living Will:Why You Need to Make One Now

Macro of a living will document

Macro of a living will document

When you think about creating a will a few thing probably come to mind. You probably think about determining who will receive all of your belongings, property, and money when you pass away. You might also think about coming up with plans for your funeral or cremation.

However, these aren’t the only things that you should focus on. You should also think about creating a living will if you haven’t already. It is never too soon to create your living will.

What is a Living Will?

Unlike other types of wills, a living will doesn’t focus on death or what will happen when you die. Instead, it focuses on the medical care that you will receive while you are still alive.

Basically, you will need to sit down and decide how you would like for your health care to be handled if you get to a point where you can no longer make decisions for yourself, such as if you are in a coma.

Why You Need a Living Will

The truth is, doctors have to do a lot of guessing when it comes to handling health care for individuals who are unable to communicate their wishes to them.

If you have certain desires about your health, creating a living will, will help you ensure your wishes. It can give your doctors and your family members guidance when they have to make difficult healthcare-related decisions.

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The Pitfalls of Not Having a Living Will

  • Your family may have to make difficult decisions, such as deciding whether or not you should be resuscitated or put on life support. These can be very tough decisions for your loved ones to make and can put them in a bad position. It can also cause arguments among your loved ones if various family members have different ideas about how your healthcare should be handled. If you create one and get your own desires in writing now, you can save your family from these problems.
  • Your doctors can only guess at the treatment that they think is best for you if they don’t have a living will to go off of. This means that they might choose to resuscitate you, even if this is not something that you want. It could also mean that they may decide not to resuscitate you when this is something that you would prefer for them to do.

As you can see, it is something that every adult needs. Even if you are young and healthy it is important to make a living will. You’ll never know when you’ll need one, and by the time that point comes, it will be too late. This is why it is best to make one now so that it will be on file for later.

Start Planning

Luckily, we can help you. You can find online templates that can help you make a living will. But working with a professional can help you think of things that you might not have otherwise thought to include. Plus, we can help you ensure that your living will is clear and legal. This ensures that there will not be any problems with it later on. To find out more about creating your living will and otherwise planning ahead for the future, contact us at Wealth Guardian Group today.