New Hampshire Living Wills & Advanced Directives
Who Makes Decisions About Life-Prolonging Treatment When You Can't?
Many people choose to create a living will to help them make final decisions
regarding their end of life care in the event that they are not able to
make decisions for themselves. The purpose of a Living Will is to help
family, friends and medical providers abide by your wishes in the event
that you are incapacitated and near death, unconscious, or determined
to be in a permanent vegetative state after a major accident or illness.
In New Hampshire, living wills are typically combined with a durable power
of attorney for health care in which you name an agent to oversee the
decision-making process for you.
Living wills can be drafted and updated with the assistance of an attorney
from Shaheen & Gordon, P.A.
A living will becomes effective when it is determined by two health care
providers that you are in a permanent vegetative state or you are suffering
from an illness that is terminal and you are no longer able to make sound
and rational decisions for yourself regarding your medical care and whether
you desire life prolonging treatment.
What Can a Living Will Provide?
Living wills should be considered by all people who are concerned about
their health and well-being in the event they become unable to make decisions
for themselves. You can specify your preferences about the end of life
care you wish to receive, such as whether you wish to receive mechanical
ventilation, tube-feeding and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. If you have
questions or concerns regarding a living will and how obtaining a living
will can benefit you and your family,
contact Shaheen & Gordon, P.A. today.
Our firm can help you draft and update your living will and other estate
planning documents to ensure that you receive the best treatment and the
type of treatment at the end of your life that you deserve.
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