Living Wills Matter These Days The Same is True for Medical Powers of Attorney

stockfresh_6387113_gavel-and-stethoscope-on-table_sizeS-300x200Group legal plans are especially important in times of emergency. They offer benefits that a person can use to get out of a difficult situation or prepare for the worst and be ready for it when bad times come. The coronavirus pandemic is causing many people to think of situations they ignored in the past. They believe they can no longer put certain things off.


Imagining a Dark Side


Death comes to all of us, but it does not always come suddenly. A traffic accident or a heart attack might be a surprise, but the victim might linger. Instant death does not happen, and the individual is sent to the hospital for treatment. That is where a sad episode slowly develops.


The victim may be in a coma and unresponsive. The instructions this person has for treatment are unknown. Healthcare providers are responsible for trying to save a person’s life, but they do not know what the individual wants to be done as far as medical care. For example, when there are no other instructions, the life-support system remain on. A group legal plan member should not put family and loved ones through the heartache of watching an unresponsive body. A living will does give the guidance necessary and this is a pre-paid legal services benefit that is especially important these days. It is something that not all group legal plan programs make allowances for, but that is not the case with us. 


Countrywide Pre-Paid Legal Services does have both a living will and medical powers of attorney benefits. These are possible means of bringing closure to a sad episode.


Living Wills Give Instructions


Hospitals need to know what a person wants to be done regarding medical care. Living wills give the necessary information to make the right choices. If a person does not want certain types of medical treatment, this is specified in the paperwork. An important document to include is the medical powers of attorney.


Decision still need to be made and a person who has the medical powers of attorney will make the difficult choices. The individual is entrusted by a group legal plan member with authority to tell the hospital or healthcare provider what to do, based on what the plan member has said to that person. It makes the process much simpler and quicker. Granted, nobody wants to see a person die, but few people want to watch a loved one on life support for weeks or months. Medical powers of attorney is a pre-paid legal services benefit that can effectively give family members the closure required to grieve.


Our Lawyers Have Empathy


Countrywide takes advantage of a nationwide network of experienced attorneys. These professionals provide important assistance to plan members. The lawyers have experience in drafting living wills and medical powers of attorney. They can advise a plan member on the proper wording of the documents, and what goes into making the choices regarding medical powers of attorney. The individual always reviews the final draft.


Living wills and medical powers of attorney can be very morbid subjects. Someone must realize that he or she might be in a terminal condition without warning. Our lawyers are noted for their people skills and the empathy they offer. A Countrywide attorney will listen carefully to what a person wants, explain what is done, and do everything to help. Countrywide wants a person using our pre-paid legal services to know he or she is doing the right thing.


We ask our clients to help us in developing a group legal plan. We have several benefit options from which to choose, and decision-makers must select. We provide the administration required to get things done rapidly. Of course, quality is never sacrificed for the sake of speed.

If you have any questions about Countrywide benefits, we invite you to contact us at your earliest convenience. We strongly believe that what we offer is what your employees will appreciate, and we are ready to answer your questions.