A living will is a legal document that lets family, friends, and health care professionals know what your medical wishes are in the event you become incapacitated. It will designate your stance on life support and other medical treatments. As you become older, it’s important to create legal documents like a living will to explain your stance on future health care.
You will also be able to designate a relative or friend to make medical decisions on your behalf if you are unable to make them yourself. You can declare which treatments you do or don’t want to receive if you are terminally ill or in a vegetative state. A living will doesn’t become effective unless you become incapacitated.
When you designate a health care power of attorney to make life decisions for you, make sure you talk to them about it. It is important that they know you have a living will and know about your medical wishes. If no one knows about your living will, it won’t do you any good, so be sure to notify your doctor or health care power of attorney.
To learn more about a living will and what it does, contact a knowledgeable Arizona Elder Law attorney.