Healthcare Advance Directive or Living Will
The healthcare directive or living will makes your wishes known regarding the end of your life. It clarifies the types, if any; of medical or mental health procedures you want. By creating a healthcare directive, you are relieving your family and friends from guessing as to your wishes.
If you’re interested in a healthcare directive, do two things.
- Discuss your plans with your family to eliminate any surprises. In the case of an accident or sudden, critical illness, a well-written directive can speak for you and communicate your wishes to your family members.
- Talk to an Alaska estate lawyer like Constance A. Aschenbrenner, to make sure you understand all aspects of the directive. An attorney specializing in advance directives and estate planning can make sure your wishes are properly and legally recorded.
Directives are an important part of your healthcare plan. Make sure to share them with your doctors and care providers.
Here are some important things to remember about directives.
- Advance directives are regulated differently in every state. That’s why it’s important to have an experienced attorney prepare your advance directive.
- If you live in more than one state, you will need to have directives on file in each state you reside.
- You can change your mind about at any time about your advance directives. It can be modified and updated as your life changes. Make sure your healthcare providers receive updated versions of your plan.
Unexpected medical situations cannot be predicted. An advance directive is a guide for your loved ones and your doctors, in the event of a crisis.