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What are living wills or advance healthcare directives (AHCDs)? 

A living will, or advance healthcare directive, is a legal document that sets forth your preferences regarding medical treatment in case of incapacitation or a state when you cannot express them directly. By creating such a document, your voice can still be heard if you cannot speak due to illness or injury. 

What can a living will do? 

A living will allows you to make critical healthcare choices while you remain capable of stating them. This document typically addresses end-of-life care, resuscitation, life-sustaining treatment options, pain management, and organ donation - among many other topics. Clearly outlining your preferences helps guide family, loved ones, and healthcare providers when making critical decisions in your name.

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Is a living will appropriate for me?

Deciding if a living will is a valuable estate planning tool is a personal decision. We take the time to explain its benefits and potential repercussions so you make an informed decision that aligns with your values and intentions.

What are the different parts of a living will?

A living will typically consist of several essential parts that outline your healthcare preferences:

  • Identification: This section includes your personal information, such as your name, date of birth, and contact details. It helps identify the document as yours.
  • Statement of intent: Here, you express your intention to create a living will and make your healthcare wishes known.
  • Medical treatments: This part specifies the treatments or procedures you may want or refuse in certain situations. For example, you can indicate whether you wish to receive life-sustaining measures, like CPR or artificial ventilation.
  • End-of-life care: This section addresses your preferences for end-of-life care, including decisions regarding palliative care, pain management, and hospice care.
  • Organ donation: If you wish to donate organs or tissues after passing, you can state your choice in this part.
  • Signatures and witnesses: To make a living will that is legally valid, you need to sign it and have witnesses sign as well. The number of required witnesses may vary depending on your jurisdiction.

Why choose us for your estate planning?

With over 84 years of combined legal experience, our firm boasts an exceptional understanding of estate planning and probate law. We specialize in taking cases to trial, so our clients receive vigorous representation at every turn. Our attorneys are well-known within the legal community for consistently producing favorable verdicts for their clients.

Correa & Martinez Trial Lawyers prioritizes their clients' needs by prioritizing accessibility and personalized attention throughout the legal process.

We take time to learn about your circumstances before creating tailored strategies to reach desired results.

At our boutique law firm, we provide bilingual representation services in both English and Spanish for effective client communication. We know how crucial personal estate planning can be, so we approach every estate planning client with care and thorough analysis before beginning.

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Contact us today for your estate planning needs. 

Correa & Martinez Trial Lawyers can be your ally when creating a living will and making healthcare decisions in the future. Our confident approach ensures your wishes are protected and honored - contact us now to book a consultation and provide peace of mind for yourself and your loved ones.

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