State your wishes for end-of-life medical care.
When you think of a will, a document that lets people leave property to others at their death probably comes to mind. However, a living will (also known as an advance directive) lets you outline your wishes for end-of-life medical care in case you ever become unable to communicate your preferences and decisions. These documents do not have any power after you pass away.
Without a living will, doctors and your loved ones may be left to guess about what you would want in terms of treatment if you ever became seriously ill. This can result in difficult, emotional disputes among your family members.
To be considered a valid document, your living will must meet certain state requirements relating to witnesses and notarization. I am knowledgeable about these requirements and can help you create a living will that is valid and effectively reflects your wishes. As part of this process, you also select a trusted person who will advocate for you and ensure physicians respect your healthcare wishes. If you ever change your mind, I can help you revoke your existing living will and create a new one at any time.
I can answer any questions you have about creating a living will and putting one of these estate planning documents into place. Contact me at Vail Gardner Law to start this part of the estate planning process or to find out more about the legal services I offer to families in Durham, North Carolina.