Imagine a scenario where you were told by doctors that a relative was in a terminal condition and unable to communicate. This individual is being kept alive via the use of artificial life support systems. The medical professionals are asking you if they should continue keeping this relative alive or remove the life support and let nature take its course.
There are other family members in the room with you. Some of them are certain that the best choice is to allow things to proceed naturally. Others feel as though this is wrong and want to see the incapacitated individual kept alive indefinitely regardless of what it takes.
What would you do in a situation such as this? Many people would say that it is a truly impossible decision.
The above hypothetical scenario is what your family would be facing if you were to be that individual who was incapacitated. This is why it is so important to execute advance health care directives when you are working on your estate plan.
With a living will you can state your wishes regarding the use of artificial life preservation measures should a situation arise where you are incapacitated and there is no hope of recovery.
To be fully prepared for all eventualities you would also do well to include a durable medical power of attorney appointing someone to make medical decisions in your behalf should it become necessary.
Advance directives are important for all responsible adults. If you would like to execute these documents there is no reason to be frozen with inaction All you have to do is take a moment to arrange an appointment with a licensed, experienced Hartford estate planning lawyer.