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What Is A Living Will?

A living will is also called an advance directive

A living will lets people state their wishes for their end-of-life medical care

It specifies the type of medical care that a person does or does not want. 

Living wills are especially useful in the event that you cannot communicate your wishes

For example, if you get into a car accident and go into a coma

You would be unable to tell the doctors what type of medical treatment you prefer. 

So, they are free to do as they see fit

These decisions that doctors make for you could go against your religion, values, desires.

Let’s look at the case of an unconscious person who suffers from a terminal illness. 

Doctors will consult a living will to determine if the patient wants life-sustaining treatment. 

This could be assisted breathing or a feeding tube

If there is no living will, medical decisions are made by the:

  • spouse
  • family members
  • other third parties

If it’s an emergency situation, or no family is present, the doctors will make the decisions

Living Will Definition

The definition of a living will is a written statement detailing a person’s desires for medical treatment

Living wills get used when the person is no longer able to express informed consent

A living will is a document allowing you to die rather than be kept alive. 

But it only gets references if you are disabled beyond a reasonable expectation of recovery.

What Is A Living Will And Why Is It Important To Have One?

A living will is a legal document. 

It informs doctors and medical caregivers what medical care you want

Living wills get used when you are unable to communicate your desires. 

This could be due to an accident, severe illness, dementia, or a coma

It also guides your family on how to make decisions about your end of life. 

Maybe you told your family you don’t want to be in a vegetative state. 

But they cannot bring themselves to execute your wishes. 

A living will gives the doctors the proper guidance you’d want them to have. 

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How Much Does A Living Will Cost?

The cost of a living will is not as high as a normal will. 

Normal wills cost more because you’re doing estate planning. 

And this can be a lot more complex. 

With a living will, you’re only determining what medical treatments you want if you’re incapacitated. 

The cost of a living will ranges from $350 – $1,000.

How much does a living will cost depends on several things, like:

  • where you live
  • how much will lawyers charge in your area
  • how complex your medical wishes are
  • if you have an attorney create your living will
  • if you make a living will by yourself

What Affects The Cost Of A Living Will

You can get a living will three different ways:

  • making a living will by yourself
  • making a living will yourself and having a will attorney review it
  • having a living will attorney make your will for you

If you make a living will by yourself, it’ll cost about $100 to get one. 

If you have an attorney review your living will, then you’ll spend about $350-$500. 

If you have an attorney create your living will, then you’ll spend about $1,000. 

How To Write A Living Will

Let’s go over how to make a living will. 

Determine Your Preferred Medical Treatment Options

Before you write a living will, you need to determine what medical decisions to include. 

Your living will can address decisions like:

  • life-sustaining treatments (chemo, medication, surgery)
  • life support decisions (feeding tubes, breathing machines, kidney dialysis)
  • end-of-life decisions (organ donation or religious rituals)

Create A Medical Power Of Attorney

No matter how prepared you are, your living will may not cover your emergency situation. 

In this event, it’s smart to have a medical power of attorney

This person will be able to make medical decisions on your behalf

They will be the point of contact for your medical team. 

And they can make decisions on situations not covered in your living will

Formalize Your Living Will

Every state has its own requirements for a living will. 

But every state requires that you have two witnesses when you sign it

And they want it to get notarized too

Storing Your Living Will

It’s a good idea to store your living will with your other estate planning documents. 

You should keep these in a safe. 

This can prevent the loss of documents due to theft, fires, or forgetting their location. 

Wherever you store them, it’s important to inform someone how to access them

That way, they can give the living will to your doctors. 

Other places to consider storing your living will are:

  • with your attorney
  • in a safety deposit box
  • with family members

Wherever you store it, someone you trust should know how to access it. 

So, when does a living will go into effect?

When Does A Living Will Go Into Effect?

A living will goes into effect when your doctor determines you are incapacitated

A person is considered incapacitated if they are no longer:

  • able to manage their affairs
  • able to maintain their well-being

When you’re deemed incapacitated, your doctor certifies this fact in writing

At this point, your living will goes into effect

And your doctor will start making medical decisions based on your living will. 

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Living Will vs Other Legal Documents

Living wills often get confused with many other legal documents. 

Let’s cover the main legal documents that are similar, but different, to living wills. 

Living Will vs Will

The main difference between a will and a living will is their function.

A last will directs the distribution of assets after someone passes away. 

A living will gives direction for medical care in the event of incapacitation. 

Living Will And Trust

What’s the difference between a living will and trust? 

They both give direction in the event that you become incapacitated. 

But they give direction on different aspects of your life. 

A living trust covers three phases of your life. 

These phases are while you’re:

  • alive and well
  • incapacitated or terminally sick
  • deceased

A living trust will hold your property in the name of the trust

And you can manage the property by naming yourself the Trustee.

You can also name beneficiaries to take over the trust when you pass away. 

All that a living will does is give guidance on the medical attention you want. 

Related: Disadvantages Of A Trust

Living Will vs Advance Directive

There is no real difference between a living will vs advance directive. 

They both accomplish the same outcome. 

Living Will And Power Of Attorney

There is a major difference between a living will and power of attorney.

A living will give a patient’s medical team direction in the event of incapacitation. 

A power of attorney gives another individual the authority to make decisions on your behalf

There are many uses for a power of attorney

They can give someone authority to make decisions for you on:

  • financial decisions
  • buying and selling property
  • controlling bank accounts
  • making medical decisions

Power of attorney usually goes into effect if someone becomes incapacitated. 

There is also a medical power of attorney. 

Which allows someone to make medical decisions on your behalf. 

This differs from a living will because a:

  • living will gives doctors explicit directions
  • medical POA gives someone the freedom to make decisions on your behalf

Health Care Proxy vs Living Will

A healthcare proxy gives authority to make medical decisions to someone else

While a living will gives explicit direction to the medical team. 

The healthcare proxy makes medical decisions on your behalf. 

But it may not be the exact direction you want them to take. 

For example, you don’t want to be on life support. 

But your children cannot make that decision and decide to keep you on life support. 

In this case, a living will would be a better option. 

How To Make A Living Will

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  • you can make sure your doctors abide by the laws
  • you have confidence you have the correct living will set up
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  • you don’t have to find witnesses to show up at the signing
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