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Living Wills: What They are and Who Needs One

When it comes to legal terms, especially those that deal with the end of life stages, many people feel uncomfortable or even evasive when it comes to these discussions. Many people struggle to find a comfortable way to discuss their own demise and often transfer that discomfort to things that bring the topic into the spotlight, such as wills, living wills, advance directives, etc. Here at the Law Office of Melissa Stewart, formerly Groff Law Firm, we want to help shake the taboo of living wills and other legal matters so that people are prepared.

What are living wills? 

Living wills are important, legally binding documents that allow you to state the medical interventions you want or don’t want in such a time that you are not able to state them yourself. A living will ensures that your loved ones are not put in charge of tough decisions like whether or not they should take you off life support because you will have already spelled out your wishes in your living will.

Who needs a living will? 

While you might think of wills as something that only mature adults make to prepare for the end of life, the fact is that any legal adult should have a living will. Living wills are especially important for people who are in poor health, have a terminal illness diagnosis, are going into surgery, or would like to designate someone specific as a healthcare power of attorney.

If you have questions about living wills, we here at the Law Office of Melissa Stewart are happy to help you. Please give us a call today for more information.