Living Will and Last Wills

What is a Living Will?

A living will is created to give specific instructions about medical care at the end of life. Also known as a healthcare directive, a living will is extremely helpful in cases where an individual is not capable of expressing his or her own wishes while receiving medical care. The living will can be easily accessed by family members to give medical professionals detailed instructions and eliminate any potential confusion or disagreement about treatments and options.

What is Included in a Living Will?

A living will should include a decision on donating organs and tissue in the event of death. After an individual passes away, it can be difficult for family members to agree to give organs and tissue, but a living will can answer all of those tough questions without the family members needing to.

 

Perhaps the most important issue in a living will is the decision of if and how an individual should be kept alive. In some circumstances, extreme measures are taken to keep someone alive in a hospital. Rather than having someone make the decision of whether to allow machines to keep an individual alive, he or she can specify their decision in a will. Several issues will be addressed including CPR, breathing tubes, feeding tubes, dialysis, and painkillers.

What is a Last Will?

A last will is a document that outlines an individual’s wishes for after death. To begin, a will should let family members know what should be done with the body after death. If cremation or burial is preferred, it should be stated. If the individual has dependents, there should be specific instructions about their care. Determining who will have custody of the children and who will be financially responsible are both issues to consider.

 

Dividing possessions is another very important part of a last will. The will is an opportunity for an individual to determine who will inherit property, where any money will go, and who will receive physical possessions.

Executors and Health Care Agents

Living wills and last wills should name executors and healthcare agents. An executor of the will is the person put in charge of carrying out any last wishes. A healthcare agent is responsible for making health-related decisions and ensuring that the doctors know of the individual’s medical decisions. You can choose separate people to perform these two duties. 

 

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What is a Living Will and Last Will?

A Living Will is created to give specific instructions about medical care at the end of life. Also known as a healthcare directive, a living will is extremely helpful in cases where an individual is not capable of expressing his or her own wishes while receiving medical care. 

A Last Will is a document that outlines an individual’s wishes for after death. To begin, a will should let family members know what should be done with the body after death. If cremation or burial is preferred, it should be stated. If the individual has dependents, there should be specific instructions about their care.