Determining if a living will is needed in an estate plan

On Behalf of | Sep 9, 2019 | Probate And Estate Administration

Having a comprehensive estate plan is a critical step for Nevada residents. Estate planning is a vital part of ensuring that a person’s assets are allocated appropriately and loved ones are taken care of. However, there are often questions about what kind of estate planning devices to use. The circumstances are essential.

Many people will think about a living will. There are important considerations to make an informed decision. A living will lists the testator’s wishes beforehand to avoid having treatments that he or she might not want. With a living will, a person who suffers from a serious illness or has severe injuries and is incapacitated can have it in writing to stop treatments at a certain point.

To craft a living will, a form must be filled out. The hospital can provide it, or it can be acquired from a legal professional. In a living will, there should be detailed instructions as to whether the person wants to receive a specific level of treatment and what should not be done. An example might be refusing to be placed on life support. It is imperative to have a durable power of attorney with a trustworthy person to take care of the finances. A health care proxy will make the decisions on health care if the testator is unable to.

Most people understand the importance of having a will, but many will forget how crucial a living will can be. Since a living will handles many factors that can arise with illness and injury, it can protect the person from receiving unwanted treatment. It is a key document. When deciding on whether a living will is necessary, it may be a good idea to consult with a legal professional experienced in all aspects of estate administration.