Living wills are important for anyone.
Do you have a living will?
If no, why not?
According to a recent Forbes article “Living Wills Stressed For Adults Of All Ages,” living wills have benefits for anyone.
If you already have a living will, you may want to updated it.
Different stages of life require different priorities.
If you are young and healthy, you likely will not die soon.
As my maternal grandfather used to say, "the old must die and the young may die."
Regardless, accidents still happen.
Were you in an accident, it could leave you with temporary or permanent impairments.
Consequently, you should legally appoint an individual to make medical decisions on your behalf and to ensure your wishes are followed.
If you experience a severe life-threatening illness or terminal illness, you will need to consider end-of-life care.
The kinds of life support would you like or not like are important matters to consider.
Appointing someone to serve as your proxy in making health-care decisions is no small beer.
This person needs to be trustworthy.
He or she also needs to be someone you can trust to carry out your wishes.
In addition, your end-of-life care decisions should be discussed with your family, your doctor, and your attorney.
Once you have created your living will, you still have a responsibility.
What is it?
Making sure your living will is safe and also accessible.
It does no good if your appointed agent cannot find it when needed.
Some states have registries to make this process simpler for doctors and attorneys to find the living will when it needs to be implemented.
Work with an experienced estate planning attorney to prepare for the times when a living will becomes necessary.
Reference: Forbes (October 22, 2018) “Living Wills Stressed For Adults Of All Ages”