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Why would I need a living will?

We all hope that when our time comes it will not include a lot of suffering. Naturally, we would like to extend that same courtesy to our loved ones, who may endure significant emotional and financial suffering should we need to be put on life support. This is one area where a living will can allow us to dictate our wishes, taking the heavy decisions out of the hands of our beloved friends and family and allowing us the dignity of a decisive death. 

A living will is a document that is put in place for any person suffering terminally from an illness. It can mandate that they should not have their death delayed by any means if they are not aware enough to decide it when the moment comes.

There are a few ways to revoke a living will. You can, at any time, revoke the will yourself, by signing and dating a document revoking the will. You can also orally revoke a living will. A living will can be revoked by the creation of a new living will. If you divorce, the living will may lose validity if your ex was named as its surrogate. 

The laws around end-of-life care change frequently. Because of this, a Florida elder care attorney should have the most current knowledge of living will mandate and how to effectively execute your end of life wishes. If you are an aging elderly person or are suffering from a terminal illness, you may eliminate the need for those you leave behind to make the heavy emotional decisions by putting in place a living will.

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