Living Wills Attorneys Help You Prepare for the Unexpected in the Charlotte Area

Estate planners skilled at crafting living wills to reflect your wishes and needs

At John F. Hanzel, P.A., we understand North Carolina laws governing living wills. We prepare advance directives that help clients express their intentions with respect to end-of-life decisions. We know these can be emotional decisions. Our compassionate attorneys carefully guide you through different scenarios and options you need to consider.

A living will allows you to declare in advance whether you desire to die a natural death and not be kept alive by artificial means if you are:

  • Terminally ill
  • In a vegetative or unconscious state from which there is no recovery
  • Without cognitive ability, such as in advanced dementia, and not likely to recover

Your living will can direct that you want the maximum treatment available or that you want all treatment withheld. It can also grant a person you appoint the right to decide these issues for you.

A living will is an important part of your overall estate plan and is different than your last will and testament. Your will determines who inherits your property and needs to go through the probating process after your death, unless you have established a trust. By contrast, a living will addresses end-of-life medical treatment decisions. You can ease the burden faced by your loved ones in difficult and emotional situations and prevent doctors or people you do not know from making end-of-life decisions for you.

A living will becomes effective when signed and properly witnessed. It may be revoked at any time in writing with your signature or by communicating in a clear, consistent manner to your attending physician your intention to revoke it.

Living wills can work in concert with medical healthcare powers of attorney

A living will is also referred to as an advance directive or a Declaration of a Desire for a Natural Death. It is different than a medical healthcare power of attorney, but the two can work in conjunction with each other. A medical healthcare power of attorney grants a person you choose the power to direct your healthcare if you are unable to do so. By contrast, a living will directs how your end-of-life care should be handled.

If you do not have a living will, you may be kept alive against your wishes, and your situation may lead to considerable anguish and disagreements among your family members. That’s why it is important to contact a wills attorney to address these issues.

Contact our living wills attorneys today

The attorneys at John F. Hanzel, P.A. listen carefully and work with you to prepare your living will and other estate planning documents. We serve clients in Cornelius, Charlotte, Huntersville, Mooresville, Lincolnton, Davidson, Lake Norman and the surrounding areas. Contact us at 704-892-1375 or online today. Saturday appointments are available. Se habla español.