If you want to make an advanced plan regarding what types of medical care you should receive in an emergency, you should speak with living will lawyers. A decision on future medical care may be one of the most important decisions you make. It is literally a matter of life and death in many situations, and you need to fully understand what your options are.
While there are Do-it-Yourself kits and paperwork that you can obtain to create a living will on your own, you do not want to take any chances when it comes to your future. Getting proper legal help allows you to ensure you are able to maintain control over some of the most important decisions that will ever be made.
Hauppauge living will lawyers at Mark S. Eghrari and Associates PLLC can provide you with guidance on the creation of a living will. Our legal team has decades of collective experience and we will do everything possible to make sure that your wishes about your medical care are respected, no matter what the future brings.
The Importance of Talking to Living Will Lawyers
According to Pew Research, 53 percent of Americans said if they were in substantial physical pain and suffering from a terminal illness, they would stop their medical treatment. Thirty-four percent of people surveyed indicated they would want their doctor to do everything that he could to try to save their life. The question of when to receive treatment, and when to stop care, is one of the most contentious questions and one of the most difficult questions that people face. It is also deeply personal.
Unfortunately, many people have not taken steps to make their wishes known or to ensure their wishes are respect when it comes to medical care if they are terminally ill or seriously injured. The same Pew Research survey revealed 35 percent of people had given a great deal of thought to end of life issues and 36 percent had given some thought to the medical care they would get at the end of their life. Yet, just 27 percent of people had put their wishes in writing and just 29 percent of survey respondents indicated they had a living will or advanced directive.
A living will gives you the opportunity to specify, in advance, what kinds of care you should receive when you are in a situation where you cannot speak for yourself. A living will can apply any time you are unable to make decisions or communicate your wishes regarding medical care.
Whether your inability to act stems from conditions like dementia or because you have sustained a serious brain injury in a car crash, the fact remains that a choice has to be made on whether to resuscitate you and how far to go to save your life. A living will outlines what circumstances you want extreme measures taken (if any) and what kinds of steps should be taken to save your life.
When you create a living will, there are countless different kinds of medical procedures that you may need to consider and there are countless different options regarding when you want care. It can be difficult to understand what types of things to include in your living will to make sure you have the maximum control over when you do- and do not- want steps taken to prolong your life.
If you try to create a living will on your own using DIY forms, you will have to make all of the choices on your medical care without legal advice. It will be solely up to you to ensure your forms are as comprehensive as you need them to be and that your wishes will be respected.
Unfortunately, by the time your living will becomes effective due to your incapacity, it is too late to change your instructions or to go back and provide more details. You have to get your living will right the first time if you want to be able to control your quality of life and avoid unwanted medical treatment. The job of Hauppauge living will lawyers is to explain all the provisions you may wish to include and to help you create an enforceable living will that is as comprehensive as you require to make your wishes known.
Contact a Living Will Lawyer Today
Hauppauge living will lawyers at Mark S. Eghrari and Associates PLLC can provide you with the assistance that you need to ensure you are able to make decisions about your own medical care in the future. Give us a call at (631) 265-0599 or contact us online to learn more about how an experienced lawyer can help you.