A living will is a written document that allows a patient to give explicit instructions about medical treatment to be administered when the patient is terminally ill or permanently unconscious; also called an advance directive. A living will extends the principle of consent, whereby patients must agree to any medical intervention before doctors can proceed. It allows the patient to guide health care for the future if he/she may be too ill to make decisions concerning care. It can be revoked by the patient at any time. For many, the living will preserves personal control and eases the decision-making burden of a family. A living will is your opportunity to determine whether you will receive certain life-sustaining, and potentially life-prolonging, procedures or not. Otherwise, Louisiana law requires your health-care professionals to use procedures to keep you alive, which can create significant debt and emotional strain on your family. If seeking help with Estate Planning, do not overlook a living will. It can give invaluable guidance to family members and healthcare professionals in the unfortunate event that you cannot express your wishes. Our firm can help you to prepare a living will. Contact us today at the Law Offices of Zachary Moffett for a complimentary consultation.