What is a Living Will?
An Important Estate Planning Document
At Law Offices of Steven M. Adler, PLLC, we have
over 50 years of collective experience drafting customized estate plans for individuals and couples. The living
will is an important estate planning document and one of which we do recommend having.
estate planning attorneys we are fully committed to our clients, we are readily available
to answer your questions and we personally respond to emails and phone
calls the same day. As a licensed health and life insurance agent and
real estate agent, Attorney Adler brings a wealth of knowledge to the table that can
help you create a well-rounded estate plan.
Information on Living Wills
A living will is a legal document in which you state your wishes in regards
to your future health care. Living wills are used by individuals who want
to express their wishes about withholding or withdrawing life-sustaining
medical treatment which only serves to prolong the dying process.
Many people have strong opinions or objections about receiving life-sustaining
treatment and want to make their objections known in advance. A living
will is intended to apply if you are in any of the following states:
- A terminal conditions
- Persistent vegetative state
- Conscious but with irreversible brain damage and you will never again be
able to make or express your wishes again
Expressing Your Wishes
While your living will should express your general wishes, it is best to
be as specific as possible. If you have definite preferences as to medical
treatment under certain circumstances, you should spell them out in the
document itself. Some examples of life-sustaining treatment you should
- Artificial nutrition and hydration
- Tube feeding
- Pain medicine
- Cardiac resuscitation
- Mechanical respiration
You may also want to authorize the issuance of a Do Not Resuscitate Order
(DNR) by your physician.
Contact a Long Island Estate Planning Attorney
In addition to a living will, you should appoint someone as your health
care proxy (your agent). The health care proxy is a document that appoints
someone as your health care agent to communicate your wishes regarding
your health care in the event you are no longer to make these decisions
To learn more about the benefits of a living will and a health care proxy, contact a
Long Island estate planning lawyer from our firm. We would be glad to help you determine which estate planning
documents you need so you can get started drafting an estate plan that
meets your goals.