Bolinger Law Firm, LLC – St. Louis Living Will Attorney

A Living Will expresses your wishes regarding life-prolonging treatment in the event you are unable to make such decisions due to your incapacity. Additionally, a Living Will allows you to choose the life-prolonging procedures that you want utilized or withheld. Each person views life-prolonging treatment differently than the next, so an estate planning attorney at the Bolinger Law Firm, LLC works with you to accurately express your life-prolonging medical treatments in your Living Will. Various religious and personal beliefs affect your life-prolonging medical decisions, so we diligently listen and create a Living Will that best reflects your beliefs. It is challenging reflecting upon our own mortality, but a Living Will provides you with the opportunity to state your desires so that you have a voice in your life-prolonging medical decisions.

Situations arise where individuals become incapacitated and the doctors do not believe that the individual is expected to regain their health or capacity at all. A Living Will fills in the gray areas as to the different kinds of medical treatments that you want utilized or withheld. A Living Will should always be accompanied with a durable health care power of attorney so that the appointed attorney-in-fact may make decisions regarding life-prolonging medical treatment and care in accordance with your wishes documented in your Living Will. Call us today at (636) 386-8322 to speak with a St. Louis estate planning attorney or schedule an appointment.

Frequently Asked Questions

What considerations should I take into account when making a Living Will?

When thinking about your end of life medical decisions, you need to consider any specific medical procedures or treatment that you want withheld. Additionally, you need to consider the satisfactory quality of life that you want in the event that death is imminent. You will also want to consider any religious or personal beliefs that may affect the life-prolonging treatments that you want utilized. Since there are numerous factors to account for, it is important to speak with an estate planning lawyer to discuss all of the applicable considerations and to ensure that your wishes are accurately detailed in your Living Will

What are the types of treatments and procedures that I can choose to utilize or withheld?

In the Living Will, you can specify the utilization or withholding of surgery or other invasive procedures, heart-lung resuscitation, antibiotics, respirators, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, tube feedings, forced feedings and dialysis, to name a few. If there are additional procedures that you want withheld or utilized, the Living Will specifies those other treatments and states your wishes regarding them.

Does my living will give anyone power over my healthcare decisions?

No, a living will solely specifies your wishes concerning life-prolonging treatments and procedures in the event that you are unable to communicate them to your medical provider. The durable health care power of attorney grants the attorney-in-fact the power to make the medical decisions. When the durable health care power of attorney and Living Will are coupled together, the attorney-in-fact is provided with guidance as to your views on life-prolonging treatments and makes medical treatment decisions based upon your Living Will.