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Drafting a Living Will

Have specific medical preferences?

A living will allows you to declare what kind of medical care you do or don't want in case of an emergency. If you become incapacitated or are unfit to select your own healthcare treatments, a living will is used to determine what care you prefer. When you are unable to speak for yourself, it is important to have a plan in place to designate how you wish to be treated.

Creating a living will in Oakland can be helpful, especially for loved ones and medical providers. When they aren't sure what steps to take, they can look directly at your healthcare directive to see what treatments you prefer or wish to avoid. As an Alameda County estate planning lawyer, I can help you create an effective living will document. My goal is to help you think through all medical care you may encounter in the event of your incapacity. This allows you to include or exclude certain treatments from your living will.

Enlist an Oakland Estate Planning Attorney

When you enlist my services, I will help you decide which items to include in your living will.

The main areas to consider include the following:

  • Food & Water
  • Life-Prolonging Medical Care
  • Pain Relief / Care
  • Resuscitation Orders

In the event that you are suffering from a severe illness or are in a permanent coma, your medical provider may have to monitor your food and water consumption. If you don't prefer to be kept alive like this, you can ask for this type of treatment to be withheld. Life-prolonging medical care typically includes treatments like dialysis, CPR, blood transfusions, surgery, and more. If you don't want to receive certain care or would like to exclude all life-prolonging treatments, you can designate this in your living will. Even if you prefer natural death, you can still receive pain relief or drugs to help keep you comfortable during the process.

If you do make a living will, you may also want to designate a durable power of attorney for healthcare. This is a person who will be in charge of overseeing your healthcare, ensuring that your living will is followed and that your treatments are ethical. For more information, please contact Summerall Law, P.C. at (415) 944-9406.

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Summerall Law, P.C. - Oakland Estate Planning Attorney
Located at 3873 Piedmont Avenue, Suite 8,
Oakland, CA 94611
Phone: (415) 944-9406
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