If you are reading this blog, you deserve kudos. The fact that you are researching living wills or advance directives in Denver means you care enough about your loved ones to protect them from potentially having to make seemingly impossible decisions on your behalf.
What is a Living Will?
A living will is a legal document that allows you to state your medical care preferences in the event you are unable to do so. This document can take effect if you are in a coma, become seriously injured, suffer from dementia, etc. Living with a terminal condition or in a persistent vegetative state can take its toll on your loved ones and often doctors will need family members to make major life or death decisions such as:
- Performing life-sustaining procedures such as CPR
- Providing artificial nutrition or hydration with feeding tubes
- Providing mechanical breathing assistance through a ventilator
By creating a Denver living will, you can make these decisions so your family does not have to. You can decide:
- Which types of procedures you want to have performed
- How long you want these procedures to continue
- Who you want to enforce these decisions
- If you want to donate organs or tissues upon your death
The Colorado Advance Directives Consortium offers information on Colorado living wills. Your living will should be shared with your family, physician and your medical power of attorney (the person who will make your medical decisions if necessary).
Creating a living will is one of those activities that is important but can also be extremely difficult – both mentally and legally – to complete. You may wish to discuss your options with your doctor, family members and even an experienced living will lawyer in Denver.
The lawyers at The Brown Law Firm LLC can help you navigate the living will process so it is done correctly. If you would like help creating a living will in Denver, please contact us at (303) 339-3750 or send us a message online.
Hopefully your advanced directive will become a document that is never needed but at least you will have peace of mind knowing that your loved ones are protected from having to make unbearable decisions for you.