Living Wills: How To Plan For The Future
Illness, severe injury and death are delicate subjects that are not easy to talk about. The main thing though is that by preparing in advance you can make sure that you receive the kind – or extent – of medical treatment you want.
Living Wills And How They Work
The concept of living wills may not be very clear to a number of people. Some may even equate it with the "last will and testament", which is a totally different type of legal document. In point of fact, a living will is more analogous to a "power of attorney".
What is the Difference Between a Living Will and Durable Power of Attorney?
Patients who might be on a tug of war between life and death can make things easier in the future by creating a living will. Do not be misled by the term—it has nothing to do with a traditional will or trust that is used to distribute properties and possessions after a person’s death. Instead, living wills are documents that clearly explain the type of medical treatments and health care a patient would prefer if they are unable to make decisions for themselves because of terminal illness, state of unconsciousness, and other situations that render them incapacitated.