Westport estate planning lawyers help you to be prepared for your future through the creation of legal documents and the use of legal tools that you need to have in place in case something happens to you. While no one likes to think about becoming sick and becoming unable to make medical decisions on their own, this is a future that you need to be prepared for so you and your family are not put into a very difficult position.
Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates can help. Our Westport estate planning lawyers assist you in the creation of advanced directives so you can make your healthcare decisions before you become unable to do so. You should give us a call to find out more about what is involved in creating advanced directives and why this is so important to you and your loved ones. You can also read on to learn about some of the key reasons why you might want to make advanced directives.
To Protect Your Family from Difficult Decisions
If you don’t have advanced directives in place, your loved ones could be forced to make choices about whether to consent to lifesaving care or deny it. They may be put into a position where they need to decide if you should be kept alive with a feeding tube or a ventilator, or if you should be given palliative care and allowed to pass.
You don’t want to force your family to make these life and death decisions on your behalf and potentially be left with guilt over whether they made the right choices or not. You can spare your family the guilt of deciding to let you go or the wondering over what you would have wanted if you make advanced directives and make your preferences clear in advance.
To Make Sure You Get Only Medical Care You Want
Advanced directives allow you to weigh quality versus quantity of life and make choices about the circumstances when you would prefer to be kept alive. These are very personal choices and you do not want to be in a position where someone consents to medical care on your behalf that you would not have wanted or where you are denied treatment that you would actually have preferred to receive in order to try to prolong your life. If you have advanced directives in place, you get to be the one to control your care.
To Ensure Decisions Can Be Made Quickly
When you’re in an emergency medical situation, it’s sometimes important for decisions about care to be made quickly on the spur of the moment. If you have advanced directives in place, caregivers will know exactly what kind of care you do and do not want to receive so they can act quickly and decisively. There will be no issue of determining who can give consent to care and waiting for that person to make a choice in a medical emergency.
To Avoid Family Fighting
If you force your family to make medical decisions for you because you have not put advanced directives in place, your loved ones could end up disagreeing over whether you would have wanted a particular kind of medical care or whether you would have preferred to decline it. Your family could end up fighting over your care and might even need to go to court to determine who will have authority to decide or whether the person making the decisions about your care is acting in your best interests. You can spare your family from this by making your preferences known in advance.
Getting Help from Westport Estate Planning Lawyers
Westport estate planning lawyers at Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates will help you to create advanced directives that are enforceable and that make your preferences clear regarding the medical care that you receive in an emergency. Don’t leave your future up to chance and hope that your family can easily make decisions on your behalf when something happens to you — put advanced directives in place today so you are prepared.
To find out more about how Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates can help you to use advanced directives and other legal tools to prepare in case you have a serious health issue, give us a call at 860-548-1000 or contact us online today . You can also join us for a free seminar to learn more about the services we offer.