Compassionate Virginia Attorneys Help Prepare Your Living Will
Ensuring your healthcare wishes are upheld
A living will is a legal document that specifies your preferences for medical care and treatment in the event you become too ill to express your wishes. In this extremely important document, you decide what kind of medical treatments you want — and whether treatments should be used to extend your life in case of critical illness or injury. Our compassionate attorneys at the Miller Law Group, P.C. have both the sensitivity and skill to help you draft a living will that ensures your decisions about your own healthcare are carried out.
What is a healthcare proxy?
A healthcare proxy is a legal document that designates a proxy, or agent, to make medical decisions on your behalf should you become incapacitated. That person must be at least 18 years of age and need not be a relative. When selecting a proxy, you should choose someone you trust who can also be available to act on your behalf when needed.
What should I indicate in my living will regarding my medical treatment?
Your wishes regarding your healthcare and end-of life treatment should be yours and yours alone, which is why it’s important to be as specific as possible when drafting a living will. Among the things you may specify are your decisions regarding:
- Life-prolonging medical care such as the use of respirators, blood transfusions, or other extraordinary measures
- Pain reduction measures as part of palliative care
- Administration of IV food and water to extend your life
Our attorneys are aware that such decisions are not made lightly. We take the time to understand your preferences and help you draft a living will that fully reflects your wishes.
What is an advance healthcare directive?
An advance healthcare directive combines a living will, which indicates your healthcare preferences, and a healthcare proxy, which designates a person of your choosing to make healthcare decisions on your behalf. At the Miller Law Group, P.C., we know that an advance healthcare directive is an essential part of estate planning — and one that must be handled with the utmost care and sensitivity. We can ensure that your advance healthcare directive states your preferences as clearly and completely as possible.
Contact us to prepare your living will
At the Miller Law Group, P.C., our compassionate estate planning attorneys can help you draft a living will to ensure that medical care providers follow your wishes. With more than 30 years of combined experience, our attorneys and professional staff work hard to protect what’s important to our clients in Albemarle County and surrounding counties: their assets and their families. Call us locally at 434-218-3987 or contact us online today for your FREE APPOINTMENT. Our law firm is located behind the Senior Center in Charlottesville and is handicapped-accessible. Parking is available outside the door.
Serving the communities of central Virginia, including Albemarle, Augusta, Buckingham, Charlottesville, Culpeper, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Orange, Harrisonburg, Staunton and Waynesboro