By Jacob A. Weil, Esq., EA., The Weil Law Group, PA
Important components of every estate plan include a Living Will and Power of Attorney.
The Living Will
A living will is a document that lays out your wishes in the event you are suffering from a terminal condition, in a vegetative state, or are on life support with no medically reasonable chance of recovery. Do you want to be kept alive as long as possible, or do you want the doctors to “pull the plug”? You use a living will to lay out all of these decisions and nominate someone to advocate for those wishes for you.
Many people in Florida have heard about the case of Terri Schiavo, a Florida girl who suffered from a persistent vegetative state. The case went all the way to the supreme court and tore a family apart in determining how to proceed and whether she should be removed from life support. Living wills prevent such things from happening. Your family is not left guessing and fighting over what you would have wanted because it is clearly laid out. Moreover, you are able to ensure that you decide what happens to you instead of some judge you have never met.[Read more…]