Drafting Living Wills
Queens County Estate Planning Lawyer Ensuring Your Wishes Are Known & Respected
When it comes to end-of-life care, the related expenses can be extremely staggering and often not have a positive impact on one's life. For example, if you were in a coma and you could not tell your family that you would like to be taken off life support and let the remaining funds go to your children or grandchildren, you could be left in the hospitals for months while there is little left of your estate. Likewise, you may value time with your family over what money you leave behind, which means you might want to stay alive as long as it is possible.
All of these concerns can be addressed in a living will. Contact our Queens County living wills attorney now at (718) 215-9119 to learn how we can help.
Understanding the Purpose of a Living Will
At the Law Office of Frank Bruno, Jr., we understand that thinking about these subjects can be difficult, but we want to help you make sure your wishes are heard clearly with no question. In a living will (known as an advanced health care directive), you can ensure your wishes are clearly stated.
This may include:
- What you would like to happen if you are diagnosed with a terminal condition
- What you would like to happen if you fall into a coma or vegetative state
- What type of procedures you would like to have or to be withheld
- Whether or not you would like to relieve pain with medication
- What you would like to be done to prolong your life
- When you would like to be taken off life support
Naming a Healthcare Proxy & Surrogate
Once you have drafted your living will which states how you would like your health care to be handled, you can also choose to draft a health care proxy. In this health care directive, you can state who you would like to trust your medical decisions to in the case of an unforeseen circumstance. This surrogate should be someone you trust to consult with doctors about your intended treatments.