Living will attorney Robert H. Prince takes care to provide his clients with high-quality services personalized for their unique needs. He is available for professional, courteous, and efficient consultation, Monday through Saturday. Our Salem NH law firm serves our bankruptcy clients in Rockingham County, NH, Strafford County, NH, York County, ME, Essex County, MA, Middlesex County, MA.
New Hampshire & Massachusetts Living Will Attorney
When creating a comprehensive estate plan, one of the most crucial elements is a living will. In general, a living will is a tool that details your desires for future medical treatment if you become incapacitated and unable to express informed consent. Whether you’re unable to direct your own medical care due to illness, an accident, or advanced age, a living will places important decisions in your hands, as opposed to estranged family members, doctors, or sometimes even judges, who may not even know what you would prefer.
As the leading living will attorney in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Maine, we at the Law Office of Robert H. Prince will help you write, file, and, if necessary, employ your living will to make sure that you receive the medical care you desire. Moreover, if there is a dispute regarding your end-of-life care, a living will can help keep your family (and others) out of painful disputes, some of which occasionally make it all the way to a courtroom.
Overview of Living Wills in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Maine
At the Law Office of Robert H. Prince, we offer legal counsel and representation to clients in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Maine. Although each state has nuanced laws regarding living wills, the basics are, essentially, very similar. For instance, in all three states, a living will is simply a document you create while you’re alive and in sound mental health.
Furthermore, the goal of a living will is to make sure that your end-of-life wishes are followed if you become incapacitated and mentally (or physically) unable to make important decisions. Furthermore, a living will is sometimes used along with a durable power of attorney for healthcare in some states. A power of attorney appoints someone to carry out your wishes about end-of-life treatment (which are written down in your living will).
Following your death, any authority granted by the living will is nullified. There is an exception, however, as in some living wills, the deceased may have made wishes regarding organ donation and autopsies.
Importance of a Lawyer for Your Living Will
To make a living will, you’ll need to create the legal document and declare your medical care directives. Depending on the state, some of the decisions you can include in the living will may include:
- Whether you want life-prolonging medical care, such as blood transfusions, CPR, diagnostic tests, the use of drugs and medicines, and surgery, among others.
- Whether you want food and water if you’re in a vegetative, or otherwise incapacitated state (some individuals can survive a long time with intravenous food and water, and some individuals don’t want this).
- Whether you want palliative care to reduce pain when foregoing life-prolonging treatments
An attorney experienced with living wills and estate laws in ME, MA, and NH (depending on where you live) will be crucial in making sure that all the documentation is solid and that you’ve covered all the necessary bases. If the will is not properly set up, it may not function as intended, raising the possibility for dispute or unwanted end-of-life care.
Contact the Law Office of Robert H. Prince for Living Will
When setting up your living will, we at the Law Office of Robert H. Prince will approach your will with comprehensive and expert knowledge of your state’s laws. We will work with you, one-on-one, to make sure that the legal documentation is complete and functional, and we’ll provide legal representation and counsel along every step of the living will process.
To get a free, no-obligation consultation with will attorney Robert H. Prince, you can call our New Hampshire law office at (603) 401-0409 or call our Massachusetts law office at (617) 721-9141.