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What Is a Living Will?

 Posted on April 24,2024 in Estate Planning

TX estate lawyerOne thing you can be sure of is that you have no way of knowing what will happen in the future. You could be in great health with a regular exercise routine an excellent diet, and an unforeseen accident or illness could change everything. While it is never nice to think about the worst-case scenario, it can be useful to force yourself to do so anyway and come up with plans for various possible situations that might occur. For example, if you are in a coma and the doctors are sure you will not recover, would you prefer to stay connected to a feeding tube and ventilation? If not, would you want to donate your intact organs to others?

Questions like these are certainly challenging to consider and can be made even more difficult to answer in the heat of the moment. You can draft a living will, which is an aspect of estate planning that can detail the types of medical care you wish to receive or refuse if you are incapacitated and unable to make or express decisions in real-time. Medical teams then refer to your living will and act in accordance. If you are considering a living will, speak with a qualified Flower Mound, TX estate planning attorney to find out more.

What Can a Living Will Address?

It can be hard to predict every type of medical scenario that might happen to you, but a living will generally include your preferences for a variety of them. If you later become incapacitated and unable to make decisions or express them to your medical care providers, your living will can be used to guide them. Aspects can include your preferences and instructions about:

  • Breathing assistance
  • Whether or not you consent to having a feeding tube put in
  • Medications you do not consent to receive
  • Palliative care
  • Tissue and organ donation
  • Circumstances under which you would consent to an autopsy¬†
  • Donating your body to science

Contact a Texas Living Will Attorney

If you are considering drawing up a living will, let an experienced Denton County, TX estate planning lawyer explain what aspects are typically included and what areas are subject to your consent. While thinking about a future in which you are incapacitated might not be something you want to do, a living will allow you to have a say on whether you want to be resuscitated or not. It also lets your voice be heard when others are carrying out your end-of-life care. Contact Colbert Law Group PLLC at 972-724-3338 so Stephen Colbert can use his years of experience to guide you.

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