Why Do I Need a Living Will?

First off, let me explain what a Living Will is. A Living Will is a document that let’s your Healthcare Proxy know what your wishes are for your care if something were to happen to you. Do you wish to have extraordinary measures taken to save your life? Do you wish to be kept on a feeding tube? Or maybe you want none of those things. The Living Will is where you will express these wishes.

Why do you need one? I recommend that everyone obtain a Living Will because it is essential that your nominated Healthcare Proxy know what decisions you would like him/her to make for your care. A Living Will is not legally binding in Massachusetts, but is a great way to express your wishes. Without one, your Proxy will be deciding what they think is best for you, but not necessarily what you want to happen.  Make sure a Living Will is apart of your estate plan!