5 Reasons Why You Need a Living Will
If you were involved in an accident, unconscious or even in a coma, beyond the lawful emergency medical care that will be given to you, anything non-emergency that could well improve your health cannot be applied without your express authorization. If you are not able to verbalize your wishes, a person you appoint using a Power of Attorney for Personal Care becomes your express authorization as that person steps in and directs medical professionals.
When medical personnel do not know if you would prefer to die, rather than remaining in a coma or vegetative state for a lengthy period of time, you can direct them by expressing your wishes in a Power of Attorney for Personal Care with an Advanced Directive.
Without a Power of Attorney for Personal Care with an Advanced Directive, your family may be at odds with one another regarding who should make the decisions about your health; they may forget what you previously told them you wanted; or may authorize what they want for you, even knowing that would not be what you want for yourself.
If you prefer to have control over which medical treatments or procedures would prefer not to have, you must either be conscious and have mental capacity or a Power of Attorney for Personal Care with an Advanced Directive.
Imagine if you were suffering from a terminal disease and likely close to the time when you would pass naturally, but you suffered a heart attack while in hospital, would you want heroic measures taken to prolong your life, or would you rather simply pass? You may well be in too much pain at the time of the heart attack to make the decision or, more importantly, unable to communicate that decision effectively to doctors and nurses.
Imagine that you have been diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease and accept that you will become more and more physically incapacitated over time but then decide that you would wish to end your life on your own terms before nature ends it for you (and Medical Assistance in Dying [MAID] becomes legal), you might prefer that option but will the physical incapacity overwhelm you so quickly that you lose the ability to communicate those wishes to anyone?
These are issues that are covered by an Advanced Directive, which is now included in the Power of Attorney for Personal Care. Contact the Wills and Estates lawyers at M. G. Michaels & Associates today, to set up your appointment for your Advanced Directives.