While it is something no family likes to think of, preparing for a tragic accident even if it never happens can help provide peace of mind should the unthinkable take place. A living will can help families that might be faced with what to do after a loved one is involved in a life altering accident. Even though each family member likely loves their relatives all the same, they can often have very different ideas of what a very sick or injured loved one might want done regarding medical care.
A living will can help a person address what they would want done should they be unable to make health care decisions for themselves. This can be hard for families to discuss, but it might be harder for families to have that conversation after an accident happens. Anyone over the age of 18 might want to consider a living will.
This crucial estate planning document can help families and individuals fulfill their last wishes. Many people think that they know what their family would do, but many haven't had a discussion about the matter. Not having a living will could result in conflicts in the family regarding your medical care.
An experienced estate planning attorney can help individuals and families express their medical choices. While many will not have to deal with a tragic accident, having a document in place that designates a person's choice can help prevent further grief after an accident, and reduces the responsibility of family members needing to make a very difficult decision.
Source: Kentucky.com, "Fill one out if you're 18 or older," Elaine F. Greer, July 29, 2012