A key part of planning for the future is thinking about the extent of medical care you would want if you were incapacitated and had a terminal condition. If your wishes in these circumstances are not clearly written, you create a difficult situation for your loved ones to determine the extent of your end of life care.
A living will provides directions for end of life medical treatment, if you have a terminal condition and you’re unable to communicate your wishes due to incapacity, illness or injury. Without a living will, end of life care decisions can be made by a spouse or next of kin, and may contradict your own personal or religious beliefs for the use of life-sustaining treatments. Establishing a Living Will is an important necessity to ensure your end of life care decisions are known and carried out.
Health Care Power Of Attorney
A Living Will is most effective alongside a Durable Health Care Power of Attorney
A Health Care Power of Attorney allows you to assign decision-making authority regarding your health care to another person if you become incapacitated, or in the event of a serious injury or illness. In addition to making your wishes known through a living will, it can be valuable to name someone you trust to make health care decisions for you in the event that a situation arises that requires immediate health care decisions to be made for your benefit, and to ensure your end of life care instructions are respected.
Arizona has also established a Mental Health Care Power of Attorney, which allows a designated person to make mental health care decisions for you in the event you become incapacitated due to a mental illness, including Alzheimer's Disease or Dementia. The creation of this specific Power of Attorney can eliminate the need for your family to pursue court orders to access the essential mental health care you may need.
Let Us Draft The Living Will You Need
At Lincoln & Wenk, PLLC, we understand the value of Living Wills, Health Care Powers of Attorney and other documents can add to an estate plan. Whether you need a comprehensive estate plan or simply to add a Living Will or other health care documents to your current estate plan, we can help. With more than 25 years of combined experience, we can draft the documents you need to ensure that your wishes regarding your health care are clearly communicated.
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Wills and Trusts Attorneys Serving Goodyear, Peoria and the Phoenix Area
You deserve to have your wishes regarding your health care known. The estate planning lawyers of Lincoln & Wenk, PLLC, can help. To schedule an initial consultation, call 623-748-4890 or contact us online.