A living will is a document that outlines your wishes for your medical treatment should you become unable to express decisions for your medical care. In Illinois, we use a document called Power of Attorney for Healthcare for you to indicate your intensions regarding your healthcare decisions should you be unable to communicate them. In the document you have the ability to name one or multiple “health care agents” who will have the power to make healthcare decisions for you if you are unable to or do not want an make them yourself. Not only is it important for you to have a living will, but the document must also be signed properly based on current Illinois legal requirements. It is also imperative that your healthcare agent knows where the document is in the event he or she needs to produce it. It can only benefit you and your family.
Some questions that need to be answered when filling out a living will:
What is most important to you in your life?
How important it is to you to avoid pain and suffering?
Would you rather be home or in a hospital for the last days of your life?
If you have any questions regarding a living will please contact us.