Living Will and Healthcare Directive Lawyer
Since Terry Schiavo’s tragic situation garnered so much attention, people have become much more concerned with having a living will. A living will is an estate planning document that allows you and your family to manage important life, death, and healthcare decisions. These documents appoint someone to make necessary healthcare decisions on your behalf, and also prevent medical professionals from administering unwanted medical treatment.
At the law office of John M. Gasidlo, Esq., we recommend that every estate plan include a living will. This will publicize your intentions and can prevent many avoidable medical expenses. Essentially, you name someone as your healthcare representative to make your healthcare decisions for you when you are no longer able to. Most often people choose their spouse, an adult child or a very close friend. Most importantly, it relieves the guilt surrounding your family's decisions. Contact our Westport, Connecticut, office to learn more about the significance of creating a living will.
A living will is just one healthcare document that you should incorporate into a comprehensive estate plan. Here is a concise description of the healthcare documents an attorney from our firm can create for you:
- Living Will: Document that describes your healthcare decisions
- Order Not to Resuscitate: Document that informs doctors of your intentions not to be resuscitated
- Appointment of a Healthcare Agent: Person who has the authority to make healthcare decision for you, if you are unable to do so
- Appointment of a Conservator: Person who has authority to make decisions about your financial estate
- Anatomical Gift Designation: A document where you donate your organs after your death to people who need them to continue to live.
- Appointment of An Attorney - In-Fact for Health Care Decisions: A person you appoint to make healthcare decisions for you
Living wills, medical directives, and HIPPA releases are all necessary parts of an estate plan. To learn more about these essential documents, contact us at the law firm of John M. Gasidlo, Esq. We represent clients throughout Connecticut, including people in Norwalk and Fairfield.