Putting Your Medical Treatment Decisions in Writing

Have you ever thought about the type and extent of end-of-life treatment you would want if you were to become permanently incapacitated? It is a difficult question — one many choose to ignore. However, many people throughout New Jersey and across the nation seek to make these wishes known and enforced by establishing a living will.

At Markowitz O'Donnell, LLP, we help clients in Trenton, Lawrenceville and throughout New Jersey with living wills and other estate planning documents. Our estate planning lawyers can help you maintain control over what happens to you after you are no longer able to make these important decisions for yourself.

The Importance of Establishing Living Wills

A living will is sometimes known as an advance health care directive, or a physicians directive. It puts in writing a person's wishes concerning end-of-life and life-prolonging medical treatment.

In a living will, you can declare what type of treatment you want and what kind you do not want if you should become terminally incapacitated. A living will becomes active once you become incapacitated, and at least one doctor confirms that you are beyond recovery.

In most cases, a living will is not enough to ensure your future medical care. Therefore, in addition to establishing a living will, many people choose to designate a health care power of attorney. This is a legal tool that gives a trusted loved one decision-making authority over your medical treatment.

Our lawyers have extensive experience handling living wills, health care powers of attorney and other critical estate planning matters. We are dedicated to protecting your interests and helping your loved ones avoid the costly and contentious disputes that could arise if your wishes are not set in stone.

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If you need help establishing a living will, we are here for you. Contact us today online or by telephone at 609-482-3138 or 866-437-1189 to schedule a consultation.