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Creating an advance directive in your living will

Creating a living will can be a daunting task. Many people know that they should create one, but it often becomes very difficult to face what feels like a scary task. However, it does not need to be so difficult.

You could choose to see a living will as a positive act that you are taking in your life to ensure that you will always be acting in the best interests of your loved ones and that you will always have your wishes in regard to your own health followed.

In the state of Massachusetts, you have the option of writing the living will yourself, but many seek out legal assistance so that they are confident that they have included all the necessary terms for a legally valid document.

Advance directives protect your wishes

If you want to ensure that your personal wishes will always be followed in the event of you becoming incapacitated, it is very important that you create a living will. Advance directives are instructions that you make in relation to any medical situations that may arise in the future. For example, you may want to include a clause instructing doctors to avoid resuscitation with a do-not-resuscitate (DNR) clause.

In addition to creating advance directives in your living will, you might also want to appoint a guardian, otherwise known as a health care power of attorney, who can enforce your wishes as well as take actions and make decisions of your behalf.

If you are going through the process of creating a living will in Massachusetts, it is important to take action early on in the process so that you equipped with all the information you need.

Source: Huffington Post, "How to Create a Living Will," accessed May 04, 2018

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