A living will, despite its name, is not at all like the wills that people use to leave property at their death. A living will is a document that lets people state their wishes for end-of-life medical care, in case they become unable to communicate their decisions. It has no power after death.
Over the years, we have heard many sad and difficult stories about people who never would have expected that they would need a living will— that is, until the unexpected happened to them. Life-support systems can keep people alive in a vegetative state for years after an accident or degenerative disease has taken away their ability to think, act, and function. At that point, it is too late to ask the incapacitated simple, yet important, questions:
1. Do you want every effort to be made to keep you alive?
2. What medical procedures do you want or not want perform?
3. When should the doctors stop treatment?
As difficult as it is to imagine these issues, they are even more difficult if your loved ones have to answer them without your guidance. A living will can help to plan for this by giving those close to you a document that makes clear your wishes.
With more than 20 years of big city experience and small town service, the Law Office of Todd J. Krouner is well-equipped to handle most estate plans. A boutique law firm which prides itself on client service and commitment to excellence, our office provides a personal touch that can only be maintained by a small but dedicated staff. Our personal service is essential given that most people are not familiar with the judicial system and must rely on their lawyer to properly advise and represent them. We invite you to contact us at (914) 238-5800 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.