A living will, which is also referred to as an advance health care directive (or an advance directive), is a legal document that grants a specific individual the powers of attorney to make decisions on behalf of another person when he has become incapacitated due to advanced age or an accident, illness or injury. The person appointed the powers of attorney via the living will is known as the agent (or attorney), and he will be legally authorized to make decision regarding another’s future medical needs, specifically when it comes to end-of-life care decisions.
Although the thought of developing a living will can be morbid to some, it’s an essential step in the estate planning process that can be crucial to protecting your final wishes, as it will prevent a stranger or an estranged relative who may know nothing about your preferences from making such vital decisions on your behalf.
Developing a Living Will
At Donald Glenn Peterson Attorney at Law, our Denver living wills lawyer has extensive experience developing living wills for our clients and will tailor these documents to be as detailed or flexible as our clients prefer. Some of the elements of living wills that we can assist in developing include stipulations regarding: