The unforeseen nature of accidents means we can’t predict when something terrible might happen, but there are things we can do to prepare for the possibility of them and protect our loved ones if we do have a life-threatening incident. One of the ways to do this is with a living will. A living will is a document you sign that confirms you don’t want any medical treatment that will keep you alive artificially when there is no reasonable prospect for your recovery. Essentially, signing one means that you won’t be left on life support indefinitely.
It’s a difficult possibility to acknowledge, but it’s wise to consider a living will because it can spare your loved ones the additional grief of having to make a difficult decision about ending life support in the event of a tragedy. Being on medical life support can be costly and having clarity on your wishes about prolonged life support could also lessen the financial burden on your family.
The option to create a living will is included in our SmartWill package and we can keep it along with your primary will if you opt for one of our storage products. It’s important to tell your family that you have a living will so they know ahead of time what your wishes are about extended time on life support. Then you can live with peace of mind, knowing that your family has all the information they need if something happens to you.
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