Living Will

If you have definite ideas about what you would or would not want done to you were you to be suffering from a terminal illness for which there was no cure or were you to become irretrievably brain-damaged, then you most definitely should have a Living Will. If you would shun the tubes, machines, artificial feeding and /or hydration processes that may only serve to prolong your dying then you must express those wishes –before they are needed– in a properly worded and legally executed Living Will.

Make sure that any Living Will you sign fully and accurately expresses your wishes. Take care to discuss and understand the legal significance of this document with an elder law attorney who will also make sure that the Living Will is properly executed with the necessary formalities to make it legally binding. An attorney will also be able to advise you on what you are to do with this document once you have signed it.