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It is inevitable that every Kent area resident will pass away. Although it is not a pleasant thought, the planning for the event can lighten the load for families. No one wants to worry about their children having to plan what happens to them if they can no longer make decisions for themselves. A healthcare directive allows a person to dictate how they want to receive care at the end of their life.

A living will is a way for a person to explain their preference as to what life-saving medical treatment they want at the end of their life, or when they are not able to communicate their wishes because of their illness. A living will, which is also known as a healthcare directive, gives medical providers information about what a person's healthcare wishes. A living will can tell medical providers that a person would like to die naturally, or would like to be kept alive using artificial support and advanced medical techniques. They can also include feeding tubes, resuscitation, organ donation and other medical issues.

Some people are hesitant to have a living will drafted because they believe that medical personnel will let them die when there is still a chance for their recovery. But, a living will does not go into effect until a person is terminally ill or in a permanent vegetative state.

This can be a traumatic and emotional time for a family, so when a person's health care wishes are expressed, it can greatly reduce the stress. Our firm helps families draft healthcare directives that makes sense and helps ease worry. An accident or sudden illness can happen at any time affecting a person's ability to communicate their wishes. A living will should be drafted at any age, in case something happens.

We have over 30 years of experience helping families with wills and estate plans. We can help our clients explore many possible scenarios that may happen, and make sure they are prepared. We can walk you step-by-step through drafting a living will and helping you communicate your end-of-life wishes.

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