What is a living will?
A living will is a legal document that governs the withholding or withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment from an individual in the event of an incurable or irreversible condition that will cause death within a relatively short time, and when such person is no longer able to make decisions him/herself.
Why should I have a living will?
The easiest way to explain this in layman's terms is to say, do you want to be hooked up to life support for an indefinite time when you are otherwise dead? The living will tells your doctors/hospitals whether or not they should leave you hooked up to a life support machine.
How should I store my living will?
There is no "right or wrong" answer to this. I usually suggest that folks give a copy to their doctors and any local hospital (plus any hospital they might end up at). It can also be filed with the county records department which makes it public record. Lastly you could consider scanning it and having a copy available online at a secure website that can be accessed by your doctor. Of course, none of that matters if folks are not aware of the existence of your living will and how to access a copy.
How do I obtain a living will?
Generally a consultation is not necessary, most clients prefer to save the money and just fill out our living will paperwork (below), send it to us via fax/email, and then we will quote a fee to prepare what you need.
If you feel you need a consultation, we can offer you an in-office consultation but you will have to pay the standard hourly rate (one-hour minimum fee).