Although estate planning and end-of-life care are not pleasant topics to dwell on, you and your loved ones 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 family.
A basic estate planning package typically includes documents such as will, trust, durable power of attorney 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 are unable to communicate to medical professionals yourself. A living differs from a will and living trust in that the former focuses on health and medical wishes whereas the latter outlines your desires for your estate and assets.
Is an online template really thorough?
Although online options to write and create your own living will seem like an attractive and inexpensive choice, they do not offer much customization. You may choose 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 include these options or conform to your state’s legal requirements.
Poor estate planning may lead to more issues later on, so consulting with an attorney to determine how to create 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
Overall, when considering all the decisions you or your loved ones have to make when it comes to a living will, these details may not appear on basic online forms.