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Understanding the benefits of creating a living will

Locals of Pennsylvania may not understand how important it is to create a living will, even if an individual is only 18 years old. This process could ensure that family members would not have to face making difficult decisions about a person's possessions in the event of their death. Many young people do not take advantage of a living will because they feel their life is just beginning and are not thinking about the possibility of death. However, an unforeseen accident or terminal illness could arise without warning.

Consider the situation of being hospitalized after a traumatic accident and needing life support to continue to live. Not informing loved ones about medical preferences could put them on the spot to let the doctor know how to proceed. A person who has not established end-of-life wishes will not have them implemented.

A living will offers instructions for how a person wishes to be taken care of when they are no longer able to make their own decisions. It also appoints a specified individual of preference to become a health care proxy to make decisions for them. The will is only implemented if life support is necessary to keep the individual alive. People of any age should understand that no loved one can make health or financial decisions for them unless authority has been delegated to them by the creation of a living will or power of attorney. This mandate also applies to a spouse or parent.

An attorney who specializes in this area of law might be able to assist an individual in properly creating and filing their living will. There are a number of things to take into consideration when creating a last will and testament. Consulting with an estate planning attorney already familiar with the process might be beneficial.

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