Insight from a Boulder County Estate Planning Lawyer
Unlike a typical will, a living will is a document that gives specific details on your medical care and end-of-life preferences. This document will come into play when the creator is unable to provide any consent or is no longer competent enough to make decisions on their own, such as being in a coma or suffering a brain injury. Creating a living will can be very important for individuals who have preferences on the type of medical care they do or do not want in emergency situations. Not only does this give you peace of mind, but it also eases the burden on your loved ones having to make difficult medical decisions.
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Flatiron Legal Advisors, LLC, has been helping our clients create effective living wills for years and can bring our insight and experience to your case. Our team can walk you through each step of the process and help you ensure your living will covers all the important aspects it needs to.
How the Colorado Medical Treatment Decision Act Impacts You
The Colorado Medical Treatment Decision Act allows competent adults to freely declare whether or not certain life-sustaining procedures should be withheld from them if they could no longer communicate their wishes.
Some of the provision you can list in your living will include preferences on:
- “Do-not-resuscitate” (DNR) orders
- Any type of procedures that prolong the dying process
- Life-prolonging medical care, such as CPR, drugs, or surgery
- Palliative care, which is used to reduce pain
- Basic food and water (the use of feeding tube)
You can declare whether or not you would like to avoid or include any of these medical procedures in your living will so that your preferences are clear and straightforward. It is important to make sure you understand how your decisions will not only affect yourself, but your family and loved ones as well. Discussing your living will with them may be a good option to avoid confusion or hurt in the future.
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With an excellent client rating on Martindale-Hubbell® and Avvo, Flatiron Legal Advisors, LLC has a firm grasp of the laws surrounding living wills. Trust your legal needs to our Boulder estate planning lawyer today! We can sit down with you and review your preferences, specific situation, and other details that may affect your living will.
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