Living Will Philadelphia Lawyer
Though it may be unsettling, most of us cannot help but ponder the future and all the "what ifs" we may be faced with in our lives. The notion of what medical treatment we may desire in the event of a catastrophic medical condition and the inability to make choices ourselves is among the most disturbing. Nevertheless, it is something we all should consider because, though difficult, making these decisions now while alive and well will spare your family from making these impossibly difficult decisions if such a future does come to pass.
A living will is a legal document in which you assert in clear terms the extent of treatment you are comfortable with in the event you are unable to make these decisions for yourself. Grave internal or external injury, life threatening disease, or illness of the mind may all require someone else make treatment decisions on your behalf. By preparing a living will, you will preserve your dignity by making these choices while able and protect your loved ones from having to suffer through making these decisions themselves. Think about your loved ones and contact an attorney to help you prepare this document. The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. is here to help. Call today to schedule a free consultation.
How Exactly Does a Living Will Help Me and My Family?
In the event of such dire circumstances, it is best to leave as little to chance or uncertainty as possible. A living will can serve to express your desires regarding medical treatment, or the lack there of, if necessary.
Wills became necessary once medical science progressed to the point that we had the ability to keep people alive by artificial means in the event of serious disease or injury. Many people - for reasons stemming from both religious and personal philosophies - did and do not desire that their body be kept alive under such circumstances. A living will serves to allow them to express this personal decision and demand they be allowed to die naturally, with dignity, without the intervention of technology via what is often referred to as extreme measures.
A more recent evolution in the use of living wills is the employment of the document by those who wish to request that all life saving measures be taken. No matter which decision you make, it makes sense that you make your feelings clear concerning such an important issue.
A Living Will Alternative
A durable Power of Attorney can, to an extent, serve as an alternative to a living will. This document gives an attorney-in-fact the legal power to make health decisions on behalf of one who cannot makes those decisions for themselves. The important difference between these two instruments is that a durable power of attorney allows the attorney the option to choose between following their instructions and exercising their own judgment.
Living Will Requirements in Pennsylvania
You do not need to worry that by creating this document you are granting another person power and control over your life upon signature. In fact, the instructions and sentiments included in a living will only trigger when an individual is deemed by their doctor and a conferring physician to be either terminally ill or permanently unconscious. A durable Power of Attorney , on the other hand, sets a slightly lower bar in that the grantee of decision making powers only be unable to make their own healthcare decisions; rather than facing naturally terminal conditions.
The precise legal requirements and instructions regarding living wills in Pennsylvania are detailed within Pennsylvania Code Title 20, Chapter 54, section 5441 to 5447.
Why do I Need an Attorney?
When it comes to such an important personal issue, you do not want to cut corners or take chances. By conferring with a local attorney you feel confident that you have expressed your desires as best you can and done so in accordance with the law. This way you can focus on living your life and not worry about the "what ifs" any longer, knowing that you have done what you can. The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. is happy to serve all your legal needs and to help you protect you and your family. Call today to schedule a free consultation.
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