Your estate plan should do more than just map a course for the distribution of your assets. An estate plan should also make sure your rights are protected as you get older. Working with a lawyer who understands your full range of options, you can do both. At the Carlsbad Village Law Office of Rickard L. Borg, we help clients put together comprehensive estate plans, including end of life planning in the form of an advance directive, or a living will.
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A living will, also known as an advance directive, clearly states your wishes regarding end-of-life care. It will be available to both your doctors and certain family members. If you are in a situation where an important medical decision must be made, but you are not able to make the decision because of your illness or medical condition, your advance directive will provide an answer and spare your loved ones the anguish of making these difficult decisions:
Your living will should answer questions about life support and other end of life health care concerns in the even of brain death or a vegetative state, including:
- Do Not Resuscitate orders and heroic measures to keep you alive
- Pain medication in end stages to make your passing more comfortable
- Authorization to harvest your organs if you have stated you want to be an organ donor
These issues are not always east to talk about, but they are an important part of estate planning. We will walk you through various scenarios and help you decide what you want. Once you have outlined a decision in your living will, your doctors and family members will be legally required to follow your wishes.
There are a lot of things to consider when you are drafting a will or estate plan. By answering difficult end of life questions now and drafting a health care directive or living will, you can make things much easier for your family. Located in Carlsbad Village, we offer evening and weekend appointments in addition to our weekly business hours. Contact Rick today to schedule a consultation.