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Understanding Advance Directives

An advance directive, also known as a living will, is a legal document that details your pre-determined wishes regarding end-of-life care. Advance directives are highly encouraged to everyone as a means to make the hard decisions regarding your care in the event of a catastrophic injury such as severe brain trauma resulting in coma or vegetative state. These decisions should not be left up to loved-one's who are already suffering, and are better decided by the individual. Advance directives allow these critical decisions to be made by the individual.

Although an advance directive may ultimately make the decision to either let an individual die or continue with artificial life support, there are many other details that make up a living will. An advance directive should provide instruction for specific scenarios such as the use of specialized equipment such as breathing machines, feeding via tube, what to do in the event of ceased breathing or heartbeat and others. Advance directives may also serve to name an individual to hold durable power over attorney to make these important decisions. A skilled and knowledgeable attorney from our firm can provide additional information about creating living wills and advance directives.

Establishing an Advance Directive in Naples

Planning for the future is one of the most responsible things a person can do to lessen the burden on their loved ones in the event of a catastrophic accident that leaves the victim unable to make decisions regarding their own health and maintenance. The attorneys at Wollman, Gehrke & Solomon, P.A. have over 60 years of combined experience in creating advance directives and living wills for clients in Naples, Marco Island, Bonita Springs and everywhere in between. They are focused on providing the highest level of legal support and services available, and can do that by working closely with clients to understand how to design an advance directive that addresses every foreseeable need. Contact the firm today if you are interested in creating a living will to protect your loved ones from making the hardest decisions regarding your health at the worst possible time.

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