UPCOMING EVENTS

SEMINARS FOR SEPTEMBER 2017

MONROEVILLE
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
2:00PM
The Estate Planning Centers
3824 Northern Pike, Suite 801B
One Monroeville Center
Monroeville, PA 15146
Just west of Red Lobster on Rt. 22

MURRYSVLLE / DELMONT
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
7:00 PM
Holiday Inn Express
Delmont/Murrysville
6552 Route 22
Delmont, PA 15626
Behind Lamplighter Restaurant on Rt. 22

MURRYSVLLE / DELMONT
Thursday, September 14, 2017
2:00 PM CANCELLED DUE TO CONFLICT

Holiday Inn Express
Delmont/Murrysville
6552 Route 22
Delmont, PA 15626
Behind Lamplighter Restaurant on Rt. 22

MONROEVILLE
Thursday, September 14, 2017
7:00 PM 
 CANCELLED DUE TO CONFLICT

The Estate Planning Centers
3824 Northern Pike, Suite 801B
One Monroeville Center
Monroeville, PA 15146
Just west of Red Lobster on Rt. 22

MONROEVILLE
Saturday, September 16, 2017
9:30 AM
The Estate Planning Centers
3824 Northern Pike, Suite 801B
One Monroeville Center
Monroeville, PA 15146
Just west of Red Lobster on Rt. 22

 
 

 
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LIVING WILLS: YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT ONE

The title to this document is perhaps a bit misleading. You can live without a Living Will.  The problem is that you may not be able to decide under what terms you stop living without one.  Maybe a better title is that you can’t die without one. Why?  Because a Living Will is a document which lets you describe in advance just what type, and how many, extreme medical measures you want medical personnel to perform on you when you are barely hanging onto a life which you might not want to keep living. Not a fun topic, I know, but Living Wills are one document which I have seen provide significant peace of mind to families faced with the most difficult of medical emergencies; the unconscious, dying loved one.

The cases of Karen Quinlan, Nancy Cruzan, and more recently Terri Schiavo have covered the headlines of our nation’s news sources over the years, raising the recurring theme of just how much any of us want to hang on to life if we are unconscious and either never coming back or suffering a terminal disease.  It is a highly personal question which can be very difficult for a person to make for themselves. How much more difficult, then, must this decision be for a loved family member of yours to make?  Asking them to make a decision for you about whether to ‘pull the plug’, to be blunt, is a terrible burden to place upon them.  This is an especially selfish thing to ask of someone when you have the ability to spend just a little time in planning ahead, and prepare a Living Will.

A Living Will permits you to identify in advance how you would like to make identified health care decisions, in the event that you are unconscious and thus unable to participate in decision-making with your medical providers.  In Pennsylvania, its commands only become active if you are incompetent (unconscious or otherwise unable to participate in making care decisions) and either suffering a terminal condition or in a state of permanent unconsciousness.  In such dire circumstances, a Living Will provides a way for you to declare in advance whether you would want a feeding tube, or mechanical respirator, or other care which could continue your life, but in a far from ideal condition.  The underlying question of what you would do if faced with such a situation is a personal one for you to decide; the answer should be declared to your family and doctor via a Living Will.  With this tool, your family can enjoy the peace of mind of knowing that if that terrible day comes, they are making the decision you wanted, and not just taking their best guess.

Anyone 18 years of age or older can sign a Living Will. Have you?