In a Living Will, you can memorialize your wishes in case of terminal illness or incapacitation. This ensures that your wishes are followed, and not the wishes of others or what others think your wishes might be.
With the assistance of an attorney, in your living will you will designate what type of care you want in the event of catastrophic illness or injury, and you will designate what circumstances are deemed catastrophic such that your Living Will designations will be triggered and apply. This does not take away your ability to make decisions for yourself, but rather puts in place the guidelines to be followed in the event you become too incapacitated either physically or mentally such that you are unable to voice your wishes. You also decide and indicate therein at what point medical care is to be declined and withdrawn, including the use of antibiotics, administration of medications that might be life prolonging, and life support. For example, you might not want to be kept alive on life support if you are in an extensive comatose state or brain dead so that you might be allowed to pass on. Or, you might not want to have antibiotics administered if you are terminally ill and being kept alive only prolongs your suffering with very little quality of life. Without a Living Will in place to draw the line when you want it drawn under these types of circumstances, you have no way to make certain that your wishes will be followed. Additionally, you might even be kept alive despite your desire to be allowed to pass on if medical providers deem you incompetent to make your own medical decisions and/or medical providers are at odds with relatives as to what care should be granted, or your relatives are at odds with each other. Expensive and extensive litigation has often followed when family members and/or health care providers are at odds with the care you should or should not be receiving, or in deciding whether life support should be terminated.
Your Living Will is also a document where you can memorialize whether or not you wish to be an organ donor in the event of death.
A Living Will can be helpful whether married or single.
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