One of life’s greatest ironies is how much it costs to keep you alive at the end of your life. If you have to be on life-support for any length of time, the costs can quickly skyrocket. Depending on your situation, this can deplete the inheritance of your heirs, force Medicare to pay huge costs, or have your heirs paying medical bills for years. You can avoid a lot of these costs by using Advanced Medical Directives.
If you want medical professionals to use every means necessary to sustain your life until the absolute end, you can direct them to do so. However, most people would prefer to not be artificially sustained when there is no hope of ever recovering. Most people would prefer to pass gently in those situations. It saves dignity and saves money. By using a combination of a well-drafted Living Will and a well-drafted Healthcare Power of Attorney, you can tell healthcare professionals and family members to let you go when it is time.
Whatever your end of life wishes are, an attorney can help you prepare the appropriate documents to make sure that they are carried out. If you want to go peacefully in a hospice, an attorney can make that happen. If you want to be on life support, an attorney can make that happen. It should be your choice and your attorney can make sure that it is.
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