Living WillA living will, or advance health care directive, establishes your wishes for end of life care. As part of your estate planning, the attorneys at Giordano, DelCollo, Werb & Gagne, LLC will review a number of choices with you regarding your wishes concerning end-of-life healthcare. Your choices regarding the provision or withholding of certain care will be made available to your doctor should you be in a terminal or incapacitated state. The directives contained within the document will provided your doctors and caregivers a guideline of your wishes so that only care approved by you in advance will be administered.

Choosing Your Care

If you become permanently unconscious or suffer from a terminal condition, your living will can provide a directive to your physicians to that your wishes are respected as they relate to end-of-life care. Part I of Delaware’s advance health care directive form (living will) requires that you make choices regarding the provision or withholding of artificial nutrition, hydration, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and/or mechanical resuscitation during this time. The attorneys at Giordano, DelCollo, Werb & Gagne, LLC will fully review these choices with you and your family so you can make the appropriate decisions regarding your end-of-life care.

Respecting Your Wishes

Parts II of Delaware’s advance health care directive form (living will) allows you to name an agent to make health care choices on your behalf during end-of-life care or during a point at which you are deemed legally incapacitated. This is known as a Power of Attorney for Health Care. It is important that your will determine who should be making choices on your behalf during this time so that a Delaware court is not charged with naming the agent for you.

Finally, Part III of Delaware’s advance health care directive form (living will) is optional and provides you with an opportunity to make choices regarding organ and tissue donation.

Reviewing Your Options

If you are interested in finding out what options are available for setting up your living will and/or planning your estate, call the offices of Giordano, DelCollo, Werb & Gagne, LLC today.