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One of the most important elements of a comprehensive estate plan is a Living Will. A Living Will, also called an advance health care directive, helps prevent battles over who will have control over potential health care decisions when you are unable to make or communicate decisions for yourself.
Many people remember the Terri Schiavo case, in which a husband litigated with the wife’s parents for 15 years all the way to the United States Supreme Court over who should have control and what should be done. A Living Will can prevent such a tragedy.
What Does A Living Will Accomplish?
A health care Power of Attorney names someone you trust to act as your Agent or decision-maker should you become unable to make or communicate your own decisions.
A Living Will applies when you are in a coma, doctors don’t believe you will come out of it, you are on life support, you have a feeding tube and IV fluid. You indicate whether you want to authorize your agent to sign the waivers and releases to withdraw life support, and whether you want the feeding tube and/or IV fluid removed if you are able to breathe once life support is withdrawn.
Sunny Von Bulow died after almost 28 years in a coma.
Avoiding such situations is the purpose of authorizing your Agent to withdraw food and water.
Christopher S. Mulvaney’s Mission:
To Always Be a Human Being First, and My Role Second.
To First, Do No Harm, then to provide the best legal outcome,
smoothest process, best value, and to make a positive difference in the life of every Client.
Christopher S. Mulvaney’s Mantra:
May I be filled with loving kindness for all life.
May I be safe from dangers within and without.
May I be healthy in body, mind, socially, and spiritually.
May I be at ease and happy, doing good in the world.
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Mulvaney Law Offices, PLLC is located in Bellevue, Washington, representing estate planning, chapter 7 bankruptcy, and chapter 13 bankruptcy Clients in:
- Seattle, Tacoma, Everett, Bellevue, Redmond, Renton, Issaquah, Sammamish, Maple Valley, Burien, SeaTac, and throughout King, Snohomish, and Pierce counties.