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
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
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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Is A Living Will Important?

A Living Will is a document which lets you express your desire or directions for care if you suffer from a hopeless medical condition. All of us want to be in charge of our own medical care, and the Living Will is our opportunity to make sure that the final decisions are made in line with our own personal ethics.

While no one wants to contemplate their demise any more than necessary, the simple fact remains that many families are faced with difficult decisions regarding what type of care should be provided when there is no longer any true hope. Permanent coma, irreversibly terminal medical conditions, and even advanced mental deterioration can leave people clinging to life in the technical sense, but without any quality of life. The time to leave direction regarding your intentions in this type of situation is when you are healthy and of sound mind, not when your incapacitated self is facing the end.

Some people have told me that they haven't created a Living Will because their family will “know what to do.” I find it instructive to take a look at how physicians, dealing day-to-day with these types of crises, manage their own personal affairs. We know statistically that less than 30% of the population of adults has ever bothered to create a Living Will. In the medical field, however, approximately 65% of physicians have taken the time to prepare a Living Will. Why the great difference? Physicians see the extreme steps to which traumatized family members will go in an effort to keep a loved one here when sound judgment would counsel letting go.

An examination of the use of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can demonstrate the point. A study by Susan Diem examined the results of CPR as demonstrated on the television shows which form the basis for many individual’s views of this procedure. On TV, CPR is successful 75% of the time, and 67% of the TV patients were able to return to their regular life. Reality, however, is far different. A 2010 study of 95,000 cases of CPR stated only 8% of CPR recipients survived for more than a month, and only about 3% could lead a mostly normal life. Many of the others were left with permanent and severe brain damage.

I find that many clients want to talk about the quality of their lives, not the mere quantity of their years. Don't make your family guess, or even worse, fight, about what you would have wanted. Take the time to create a proper Living Will.

Living Wills are one of the many estate planning strategies which we use to assist families every day. If you would like to learn more about Living Wills or other estate planning issues, please contact us for a complimentary attorney consultation to review your personal situation.