When a person is suffering from an illness that is expected to lead to further deterioration of his or her health in the future, it is likely that he or she will consider how estate assets as well as health care will be managed in the future. Sometimes, a terminal illness or an illness that affects mental capacity means that people are not able to make informed decisions in regard to their medical treatment. This is why many people in this situation decide to create a health care directive.
A health care directive is also known as a living will, and it is put in place to direct medical care for possible future situations when the creator of the living will becomes mentally or physically incapacitated. Living wills are recognized across the United States; however, it is vital that all formalities are followed so that the will is valid.
What directions can a living will include?
A living will can direct many actions according to potential future scenarios. This means that living wills are not only helpful for directing when a patient would like to withhold treatment, although they can be used for such directions. Preferences can be defined when it comes to choosing between certain courses of treatment, for example, and many complex medical situations can be addressed.
Living wills are extremely useful and can give a patient peace of mind when it comes to the future of his or her treatment. Many people choose a health care proxy instead of using a living will since living wills are often not recognized legally in Massachusetts. An experienced attorney can help you create the health care directive that truly dictates your wishes.