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Tips for Creating a Living Will

[fa icon="clock-o"] July 15, 2014 [fa icon="user"] Scura Law Firm [fa icon="folder-open'] Probate and Estate Law, Attorney, Contracts

 Living will document

Whereas a "normal" will dictates how a person's tangible assets will be distributed after death, a "living will" deals with an even more personal matter: a person's physical health. If you should become incapacitated for any reason such as the following, a living will can allow a loved one to make decisions regarding your medical treatment:
  • A catastrophic injury resulting from a car accident or construction accident
  • A sudden illness, such as an aneurysm or severe stroke
  • A mental disorder such as Alzheimer's or dementia
  • A fatal condition such as cancer
  • Complications from surgery
  • Childbirth complications
  • A coma

Creating a living will with the help of an experienced New Jersey estate planning lawyer is a good way to avoid a situation such as the family dispute over Terry Schiavo, a Florida woman who lived for a number of years in a vegetative state. Her husband was pitted against her parents in a battle over how to determine what she would have wished for herself. Because she did not create a living will while she was healthy, a costly and stressful legal battle ensued.

It's Never Too Soon to Contact a New Jersey Estate Planning Lawyer

Obviously, creating a living will is not only for "old people." Anyone who wants to have a say in what type of medical care should be given at a time of incapacitation should prepare an advance medical directive, or living will and notify next of kin of where it is.

Scura, Wigfield, Heyer & Stevens, LLP, is a well-respected, long-established, full-service New Jersey law firm offering estate planning services along with many other legal services. Schedule a consultation with a New Jersey attorney by contacting the law firm. We have New Jersey offices in Wayne, Newark, Hackensack and Hoboken for your convenience.

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