People are sometimes shy about drawing up a will. It is a document that causes a person to admit that there will be a day when life is over. It may come as a surprise, but a will is also something to consider when making financial plans. You can think of it as end-of-life financial planning, and the document gives instructions on what is to be done with you and your estate. Group legal plans will offer simple wills but, another type, just as important, is the living will.
Preparing for a Possible Future
Death does not always come as a heart attack. There are situations where a person can be in a vegetative state for weeks, if not months, before finally dying. Some decisions must be made when a person is in a coma and cannot communicate them. Healthcare providers are committed to preserving the patient’s life, and that can mean placing someone on life support, even if the person does not want that.
A group legal plan that offers living wills provides a pre-paid legal services benefit that enables a person to decide what is to be done in a final illness. The plan member can determine whether life support will be used, what type of pain management is to be administered, and if any organ donations will be allowed. The living will permit religion to be respected. Some procedures that are against a person’s religious beliefs can be expressly prohibited in the living will. Financially, a living will tells the hospital when life support is to cease. It sounds morbid, but that can save a person’s estate a considerable amount of money. Countrywide Pre-Paid Legal Services offers living wills as a group legal plan benefit.
Qualified Attorneys Will Craft the Living Will
An attorney who is part of the Countrywide nationwide network will be providing the service. This is an individual who knows how to draft a living will that is going to be respected by all parties. Another part of the service is preparing medical powers of attorney. That is important because medical powers of attorney designate one individual to make all the decisions when the plan member is in a comatose state.
Countrywide attorneys will explain what goes into a living will and listen to what the plan member wants. Those wishes will be in the document. The lawyer will answer any questions, and a group legal plan member is encouraged to ask as many as necessary. While our attorney will explain the importance of powers of attorney, that professional will not urge one person over another; it is the plan member who decides.
The Job of the Client
We have provided pre-paid legal services to all kinds of organizations for over 30 years. We do not know the demographics are of a given client, but decision-makers do. Consequently, we ask a client’s executives to tell us what services will be a part of their organization’s group legal plan. We explain all our benefits, noting what the advantages are of each, and then wait for the selections. We will include these in the final document and provide all the administrative services.
Clients can depend on our superior member services. We expect our attorneys to show a great deal of empathy and patience with all plan members. No one has too long to get the required help.
A living will is all part of getting ready for the final days. It is a sobering exercise, but it relieves family members from the anguish of having to make decisions. The document expresses the wishes of the plan member. It is a way of making that final exit easier for all parties.
If you have any questions about our pre-paid legal services, please feel free to contact us at your convenience. We want to help you provide the absolute best benefits for your employees and we welcome the chance to explain ourselves to you.