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The Importance of Having a Living Will

The Importance of Having a Living Will

No one wants to believe that we may not be able to make our own decisions about our health and medical care. But if misfortune strikes and you become too ill or incapacitated to assist in your own care, it is important to have a Living Will prepared and in place.

Someone You Trust Will Be There for You

You name someone you trust to make the decisions for you as directed in your living will. They will ensure that your wishes and best interests are followed and taken care of. You will be able to dictate what type of medical care you want or don’t want, depending on your medical condition

Protect Yourself from People Who Don’t Have Your Best Interests at Heart

That way, only you and a trusted relative, friend, or advisor will ensure your wishes are met. Otherwise, an estranged family member, greedy relative, unfamiliar doctor, or even the court will decide. Most of these people do not know you well enough, or care enough, to make the proper decisions for you.

You greatly risk that their decisions will not meet your wishes or desires. Why chance that when there is a simple form called the Living Will, or health care directive, that will protect your interests when you are incapacitated.

The Advanced Health Care Directive Includes the Living Will

In Utah, the living will is normally referred to as an Advanced Health Care Directive, as it combines both a Medical Power of Attorney and the actual Living Will. The Medical Power of Attorney appoints your trusted health care surrogate to handle your health care decisions when you are unable to do so. The Living Will dictates what treatment you do or do not want in stated situation.

When choosing your health care agent, make sure they are trustworthy, dependable, and forceful as well. You need an advocate who will be able to push your rights and desires when there are debates or arguments related to your care.

The law firm of T.R. Spencer Law Office brings a high level of "battle tested" skills and experience to estate planning or litigation. Please call us at 801-566-1884 for a consultation, and let us help you decide how to best address your unique estate needs. Or send us an email at

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