In addition to a testament, you can draw up a living will, in which you stipulate your wishes about interventions at the end of your life, when you are no longer able to make those decisions yourself.
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Your will, which is sometimes called your ‘last will and testament’, sets out your wishes for the disposition of your personal property after your death. The legalities of a will or testament are stringent: an executor is appointed to ensure that the requirements are carried out according to instructions.
You will have watched movies in which there are scenes, usually set in an attorney’s office, at which the will is read. Family members generally don’t know the contents of a will, which gives the film maker plenty of scope for drama.
In addition to a testament, you can draw up a living will, in which you stipulate your wishes about interventions at the end of your life, when you are no longer able to make those decisions yourself. The living will is therefore known to family members and is enacted while you are still alive.
In the event that you have little prospect of recovery or a reasonable quality of life after a health trauma, the living will is a directive to your doctors, family, lawyers, hospitals and spiritual leaders to not keep you alive by artificial means, tube feeding and machines. You can request to be medicated so that you are pain free, and allowed to die.
The difference between a Schuld Inc living will and other living wills is substantial. As a result of extensive experience with mentally and physically incapable clients, we have adapted our living wills to make provision for such circumstances. The clauses we include in our living wills give you much more control over who manages your affairs when you can’t.
Taking care of these matters ahead of time reduces stress and conflict in the family, and gives you some peace of mind.
To encourage you to make a living will, we are currently offering an online service at a reduced fee.