Living Will

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When Done Correctly, Living Wills Must be Honored

A living will (known as a health care directive in New Jersey) will provide you and your family members with the peace of mind of knowing your medical care wishes at the end of life. It also provides direction to the medical establishment, who are ethically and legally bound to keep you going (like the Energizer Bunny) unless you have a legal document in place that instructs them otherwise.

Without a living will or health care directive in place, strangers or a court may decide if you live or die. Terri Schiavo's life care was decided by a Court in 2005. With a comprehensive living will in place, her family would never have needed the Court to make that decision and her final 3 weeks of life, deprived of food or water, could have been avoided.

What is a Proper Living Will?

As an example, living wills before Terri Schiavo asked when and if you wanted a feeding tube. After that case, elder law attorneys acknowledged there is no simple "yes or no" answer to that question. McHugh & Macri adopted language to make that decision if and when it occurs rather than try to play doctor. Since re-formatting our living wills, they have been honored whether in New Jersey,and all other states where presented.

A "fill in the blank" form is seldom "adequate". One size does not fit all. Our form presents options for you to choose from, allowing you to tailor your living will to match your life care wishes.

Don McHugh and Vince Macri are 2 of only 450 attorneys nationwide who are certified in elder law (CELA) by the National Elder Law Foundation.

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For a free initial consultation with one of our CELA partners about living wills/health care directives, call 973-887-4254 or fill out the "Fee Free" contact form on this Web site.