As we get older a living will, also known as an advanced medical care directive, becomes more important to us and to our medical providers and to our friends and family. It’s important to us as individuals because it puts in writing your wishes about medical care and what care you want when you can no longer express yourself. It’s important to our medical care providers so they know what we want. And it’s important to our friends and relatives so they know what we want and they are relieved of the burden of making critical choices that they really don’t want to have to make.
Elder law attorney Martha Patterson outlines some of the important things to know about a living will or an advanced medical care directive.
First, you want the living will or advanced medical care directive so your loved ones know what you want and they can see that you put it in writing. This will relieve them of the burden of making difficult decisions. It is important that your loved ones know what is in your living will. If you’re single and unmarried, the law defers decisions to your parents and siblings to make these decisions but you can choose someone else.
Elder law attorney Martha Patterson offers a free consultation and $500 off any paid services when you contact her at her website www.ElderLawMom.com and this is something you shouldn’t put off.