In our previous article, we discussed using a Healthcare Power of Attorney to appoint an agent to make healthcare decisions on your behalf if you are mentally incompetent. A Living Will is a tool used to make the decision, while you are still mentally competent, to terminate life-sustaining treatment in the event that you are in an irreversible vegetative state. The Living Will takes this decision out of the hands of your healthcare agent.
Whether to include a Living Will in your estate plan is a purely personal choice. It is not something that I advise either for or against.
The reasons that my clients typically choose to execute a Living Will are:
- to avoid saddling their loved ones with the emotional burden of terminating life sustaining treatment;
- they are strongly opposed to be kept in a vegetative state for an extended period of time due to their loved ones’ unwillingness to let go; and
- they wish to avoid saddling their loved ones with the cost of extended life-sustaining treatment.
Please feel free to call or e-mail me with any questions, or to schedule a free consultation:
Kevin O'Flaherty | (630)324-6666 | email@example.com