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Preparing for A Medical Crisis The Living Will is the Best Protection

stockfresh_6387113_gavel-and-stethoscope-on-table_sizeS-300x200You can expect a medical crisis will come unannounced. It can take the form of a debilitating stroke or a serious automobile accident that leaves you unresponsive. The best thing to do is prepare for such an emergency ahead of time. It can save your family a lot of distress. Group legal plans will offer to draft a simple will and medical powers of attorney as a group legal plan benefit. It is something that a smart employer will consider offering employees.

Respecting Your Wishes

Healthcare providers are committed to saving the victim’s life, whether the victim approves of the treatment or not. There are some people whose religious beliefs prohibit them from getting certain types of medical attention. Those values are ignored when the providers do not know the wishes of the individual. There are also cases where a specific type of treatment is what the person would like to have. Again, nobody knows unless there is a living will that stipulates the treatment.

Countrywide Pre-Paid Legal Services thinks that a person’s wishes should be respected. We will prepare a living will for any group legal plan member if that benefit is part of the overall plan. Our nationwide network of attorneys means an attorney practicing law in the same community as a Countrywide client. That professional is ready to assist anyone wishing to have a living will.

Reducing Family Anxiety

A medical crisis that results in a coma can place a severe burden on loved ones’ shoulders. Questions of life support can tear the family to pieces, with members not forgiving each other for years. The living will tells what is to be done, sparing the family from enduring a nasty argument.

Medical powers of attorney is a pre-paid legal services benefit offered in connection with the living will. A group legal plan member will appreciate what the medical powers of attorney does for peace of mind. It appoints an individual to give instructions to the care providers. That person, who may or may not be a family member, is called on to make decisions such as removing life support. The family is again spared the agony of making choices.

A Helpful Caveat

A living will document is a useful tool, but it often is locked away in a safe and not easily assessable. Our attorneys will advise a plan member on how to keep the living will easily assessable. One of our pre-paid legal services is the attorney’s ability to write letters on legal stationery to benefit a group legal plan member. It means that a letter can be available to tell people where the living will is currently stored. The attorney can also make telephone calls on behalf of a plan member, and these can also communicate instructions.

The Employer Is the Decision Maker

Countrywide Pre-Paid Legal Services relies on the help of our clients in designing a plan document. We want to provide a benefit that every employee can enjoy, and only the decision-makers know what the workforce needs. Consequently, we will explain all our benefit options to the decision-makers and ask them to make the benefits’ final choices. It is possible that some of the options we provide will not be included in the plan, but that is fine. We provide administrative service and the superior member services that our clients have come to expect. No one must wait to get the help needed.

The living will and medical powers of attorney are stress reducers and employees appreciate having these available. If you have any questions about these benefits are any of the other ones that we offer, please feel free to contact us at your convenience. We want to give your employees the services that will help them sleep soundly and peacefully at night.