Answering questions in writing a living will

On Behalf of | Feb 7, 2023 | Wills

When considering writing a living will in Indiana or anywhere else, you’ll need to ask yourself some questions. These questions will help ensure that your wishes are accurately reflected in your document and properly executed.

Health questions

One important consideration is your current health status. This will help determine what types of medical treatments you want to receive if you cannot make decisions for yourself. For example, do you want to be placed on life support, or do you want to receive palliative care only? These decisions will significantly impact your quality of life, and it is vital to be clear about your preferences.

Marriage and divorce and a living will

Another consideration is your family and personal relationships. For example, if you are married, you should discuss your wishes with your spouse. If you are divorced, know how your divorce may impact your living will. In some cases, a divorce may invalidate a living will so be aware of the laws in your state regarding living wills and divorce.

Choosing an executor

An executor is responsible for ensuring the following of your wishes. This person should be able to make difficult decisions according to your instructions. Have a conversation with the person you have chosen to be your executor and discuss your wishes in detail.

Ultimately, living wills are a decision that requires careful planning. By answering these questions, you can ensure that your wishes are accurately reflected in your document to prepare your loved ones for any medical emergencies.

Not the same as a traditional will

A living will is very different than a traditional will. A living will only takes effect in the event of your incapacity and does not cover the distribution of your property or assets. If you want to ensure the distribution of your assets, then also consider creating a traditional will.