Living Will or Advance Directive

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Living Will or Advance Directive

Maybe you’ve already noticed.  When you visit many healthcare providers, including hospitals, you are likely asked if you have a living will or advance directive.  This occurs even if your procedure or office visit appears far from life-threatening.  (In case you are not sure, a living will is the same as an advance directive.)

Why do you need a living will?  The most obvious reason is that nothing in medicine or life is completely guaranteed or predictable.  Therefore, you need to be prepared.    Essentially, that means stating your wishes and medical priorities so that there are no questions if you are unable to speak for yourself.   You should be aware that everyone may face unplanned misfortunate events that require someone else to be in charge.

Our New Jersey advance directive attorneys can guide you through the planning process to ensure your wishes are documented.  For example, it may be that your preferences are a part of your religious beliefs.  Of course, there’s also the chance that you are suffering from a progressive disease.  You may have particular feelings about life support or resuscitation.

At the Ocean County Law Offices of DiFrancia & Price P.C., we will ensure that your living will is drafted in accordance with your wishes and instructions.    We will also discuss how the execution of your advance directive works.

Advance Directive or Healthcare Power of Attorney

You may be confused about the difference between an advance directive and a healthcare power of attorney.   A healthcare power of attorney is used to appoint an individual to make decisions concerning your medical care.  That person is only able to do so when you are unable to act on your own behalf.   There are no particular mandates imposed on the healthcare representatives, other than that they should act according to your best wishes.

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Conversely, an advance directive or living will is more extensive.  They provide more specific guidelines that medical providers are expected to comply with in accordance with New Jersey law.  You also name healthcare representatives, as well as alternative representatives in this document.

Living Will Attorneys New Jersey 

Thanks to the professional and experienced advice you will get from our living will lawyers, you and your loved ones will have some direction when it is needed most. We will prepare all necessary documents that will provide guidance concerning your wishes.

To sum it up, a living will that will be perfectly tailored to your specific needs to address one or more of the following:

  • Designation and authorization of who can make decisions in your name;
  • Life support wishes;
  • Resuscitation orders;
  • Specific care instructions;
  • Nutrition guidelines
  • Death-delaying procedure details and orders

Careful planning can save lots of trouble by preventing unpleasant family disputes. Also, all decisions and directions included in your advance directive can be changed, adjusted, or revoked by you at any given moment. 

Feel free to get in touch with our living will attorneys and discuss your wishes in a safe and trustworthy environment. Rest assured that all information regarding your requests will be treated with the utmost care and confidentiality.