Many people make a New Year’s resolution to lose weight, learn a new language, or clean the garage. The whole idea is to set an easy goal to achieve and make things better. Some brilliant people resolve to put their financial house in order, including estate planning. Of course, a person wants to make sure that the last will is drawn up. Nevertheless, this is just part of estate planning. There is an essential document that an individual should work on as well. It is called a living will.
Why Is It So Important?
A living will is a legal document in which a person indicates what medical treatment is to be when that same person has a medical catastrophe that causes unconsciousness. The person cannot communicate to healthcare providers what type of treatment is to be performed or what type of treatment is not to be used. In addition, religious beliefs may dictate what kind of medical care should be provided. The living will also specify what to do when a person is unconscious, and there is no chance of recovery. These include instructions on whether or when to turn off life support systems.
A living will is crucial in estate planning because a final will cannot be administered if the individual is still alive. It does not matter if that person is on life support; healthcare providers will continue to keep this person alive. The result is an estate not settled for months or even years. Nobody wants that to happen. Some group legal plans provide for drafting living wills while others do not. Fortunately, Countrywide Pre-Paid Legal Services does offer living wills as one of the group legal plan benefits.
The Basics of the Composition
Countrywide has a nationwide network of attorneys who will draft the living will. There is a Countrywide lawyer in the community of every client, and it is easy to communicate with this legal professional.
Our group legal plan members have priority status, and a Countrywide attorney will gladly repair a living will. The attorney will explain what must be in a living will and ask what the plan member would like to have done. The lawyer will not editorialize on a plan member’s decisions but will see that what that person wants is permissible by law. Countrywide will also provide medical powers of attorney.
Medical powers of attorney bestow an individual the authority to make decisions on behalf of the victim. Healthcare providers appreciate that because they would like to deal with an individual who knows precisely what the patient wants. With the living will and medical powers of attorney prepared, a plan member has made the correct preparation in the event of a significant tragedy. The work we do is one of our best pre-paid legal services.
The Countrywide Client Makes Decisions
We do not offer a boilerplate plan that has a take-it-or-leave-it quality. We want our clients to help us develop the best plan for pre-paid legal services the employees will use. We explain all our benefits and answer the questions a client’s decision-makers might have. Those people are then asked to choose the services that will be part of the overall plan. We provide administration and member services.
We want to stress that our lawyers understand how emotional a living will can be for some people. We recruit our legal experts based on knowledge of the law and emotional intelligence. We respect the decisions of a plan member and do our best to make sure those wishes are clearly stated in a living will.
We would welcome any opportunity to explain all our group legal plan benefits. If you are interested in what we can offer, please feel free to contact us at your earliest convenience. We will tell you everything about our pre-paid legal services and answer all your questions promptly.