Although end-of-life care and planning your estate are not pleasant topics to ponder, you and your family should discuss your wishes early and often. Outlining what you want to happen to your body and your assets in case of your incapacitation or death will alleviate the stress of decision-making for your loved ones.
A basic estate planning package typically includes documents such as a will, durable power of attorney, trust and a living will.
What is a living will?
A living will is a document that includes your wishes for medical care if you become incapacitated and cannot communicate with medical professionals. A living will differs from a will and living trust in that the former focuses on medical wishes, whereas the latter outlines your desires for your estate.
Does an online template cover my needs?
Although online options to write and create your living will may seem attractive and inexpensive, they do not offer much customization. For example, you may want to include religious or spiritual provisions regarding your end-of-life care or decide what specific organs you want to donate. Online templates might not conform to Massachusetts legal requirements or have these specific options to meet your desires.
Poor estate planning may lead to more issues later on, so a consultation will serve you well in the long run. Additionally, if you have more complicated situations, such as a large estate, concerned someone may want to contest your will or if you want to disinherit a spouse.
These details may not appear on basic online forms when considering all the decisions you or your loved ones have to make regarding a living will.