Are you clear on what a living will is?

On Behalf of | Oct 28, 2019 | Estate Planning |

As you plan your estate for your end-of-life desires in Georgia, you have to familiarize yourself with multiple terms and documents. What do you know about living wills?

The American Bar Association has everything you need to know about this type of will. Ensure your loved ones know the level of medical treatment you do and do not want when you cannot speak for yourself.

Make your medical decisions clear

Essentially, a living will lays out your desires in regards to the type of medical treatment you want under various circumstances. Should you contract a terminal illness or injury that leaves you incapacitated, you may or may not want certain life-prolonging treatments. It is best that your loved ones not have to guess as to whether you would like a feeding tube or ventilator to keep you alive. While such technology and equipment can sustain your life, it may not cure your ailment.

Know what you agree to

While making your medical decisions, be sure you read them from top to bottom. You could have religious or philosophical beliefs that conflict with some living will provisions. Additionally, you could currently use medical equipment or devices that conflict with the terms set forth in a living will. Also, know that living wills deal more with life-sustaining medical measures rather than medical decisions focused on treating pain or discomfort. If you have unique desires you wish medical professionals to be aware of regarding treatment, be sure to include those directions in your living will. Having your physician look over your will to ensure you are both on the same page and that you understand what you agree to is a good idea.

This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.