0

Residents of Wyoming, Utah and Idaho: Do You have a Living Will?

by Norris Law Group on August 19, 2014

Residents of Wyoming, Utah and Idaho: Do You have a Living Will?You may have a will that instructs your loved ones on how to distribute your assets according to your wishes in the event of your passing. But do you have a living will as well? A will and a living will are very different things, although each may play an important role in your personal estate plan.

While a will only goes into effect after you pass away, a living will may be necessary while you are still alive. A living will is a document in which you name another person whom you would like to make decisions for you if you are ever on life-support, fall into a coma, may likely pass away, or are otherwise too ill to make your own decisions. Living wills help to maintain your dignity and also serve to protect physicians, hospitals, and long-term care facilities in the event that they must limit or cease life support measures. A living will can also keep any disagreements about your wishes from coming between your loved ones during an already desperate time.

A living will is a type of “Advance Care Directive,” or legally approved authorization in which you give permission for another person to make decisions for you if you are ever unable to do so for yourself. Powers of Attorney and Health Care Surrogates are other types of advance care directives.

Attorney Graham Norris and his associates at the Norris Law Group serve the residents of Utah County, UT and throughout Utah, Wyoming and Idaho. Contact them today at 801-932-1238 or online for a free consultation.

{ 0 comments… add one now }

Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: