Living Wills aka Health Care Directives
One of the most important parts of an estate plan is something we call a living will. While most of us hope that we will not need one, the fact is they are needed to ensure that your life-sustaining wishes are met. According to a recent poll done by Findlaw.com, only 38% of Americans have a living will. Popular cases like the Terri Schiavo case often make it on the news and show just how important a living will be.
Is it anyone’s wish to have their loved ones fight each other to determine whether to pull the plug or pull a feeding tube? A living will allows an individual to make that decision on their own. It is a simple document and one that should come in any living trust that you make. If you had a living trust done and a living will (or health care directive) was not part of it, please contact your attorney and make sure that he or she writes one up for you.