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T Jeff Stein Probate Attorney Living Wills | T Jeff Stein Probate Attorney

Living Wills

     While a will directs the distribution of your assets upon your death, a living will is a document that describes the type of life-sustaining treatment you would want only if you had a terminal condition or were in a state of permanent unconsciousness.  The living will directs your physician whether to withhold or withdraw life-sustaining treatment or feeding tube if you are not able to speak for yourself.  Many people choose to execute a living will before major surgery.  A living will is very specific in nature and does not grant authority to make all healthcare decisions on your behalf.  If you do not have a living will and become too sick or hurt to talk or make decisions, certain members of your family will have to decide on your care.  In a living will, you may also appoint a proxy to make healthcare decisions for you if you are incapable of making your wishes known. The Alabama State Bar in conjunction with the Medical Association of the State of Alabama and the Alabama Hospital Association has developed a consumer guide to help individuals plan for their future health needs and it is available on their website.  The guide contains general information on living wills, durable powers of attorney and advanced directives.    

Disclaimer:  This post is for informational purposes only and not intended as legal advice.  Please contact our office for an estate planning consultation to speak with a qualified attorney. 

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