Estate Planning Attorney: Living Wills in Illinois

Dedicated estate Planning attorneys assisting clients with all estate planning needs in Arlington Heights, Libertyville, Itasca, Cary and Chicago.

Each day there are thousands of tragic accidents that cause serious bodily injury to individuals across the United States. There are millions of people who suffer from health conditions that create serious consequences. The unfortunate reality is that you never know the time, place, or activity that may cause you to be one of the many Americans who endure a near-death experience.

Many people from the Chicago area are aware of the Terri Schiavo case that made national attention after Mrs. Schiavo went into cardiac arrest that left her in a permanent vegetative state. The result was a 12-year court battle regarding end of life treatment. So how do you ensure that your wishes are honored when you are in a state in which you are not able to communicate your wishes to your family? Creating a living will can help you prepare for the unknown by allowing you to outline your wishes in the event of an unfortunate circumstance. The attorneys at Newland & Newland, LLP can help you create your living will today.

Living Wills Designed to Protect Your Wishes

A living will is created for the sole purpose of providing direction when you are in a terminal condition and unable to communicate your wishes on your own. Moreover, a living will is designed to address your wishes in the event you suffer from a terminal illness. A terminal illness is one that cannot be cured, irreversible, and likely to result in death in the near future. Therefore, the designations in a living will only seek to define quality of life when you are not competent to make a life care plan. Contact an Arlington Heights Estate Planning Lawyer to be protected. A living will provide direct guidance to doctors and other healthcare providers regarding your wishes with respect to the following:

  • Withholding of food and water;
  • Refusing blood transfusions;
  • Do Not Resuscitate Orders;

An Estate Planning Lawyer can help your family make difficult choices regarding health care, when you cannot. Generally, a living will is followed by your health care providers. However, there are some instances (for instance, pregnancy) that may impact the ability to follow a living will. For more information regarding the creation of a living will or how your circumstances may affect the validity of your living will, contact Newland & Newland, LLP for help today.

Maintenance and Upkeep of Living Wills

In Illinois living wills are not permanent legal documents. A living will can be changed or cancelled at any time. More importantly, if you are competent and able to communicate your wishes your desires will be followed. In addition, it is important to speak with your attorney about the existence of any prior living wills to ensure that your desires are upheld. Your estate planning attorneys are available to assist clients in and around Illinois with living wills.

Contact your Libertyville Illinois Attorneys for your Estate Planning Needs

You never know when a tragedy is going to strike. Let us help you have a plan for the future. Newland & Newland, LLP is a full service law firm representing individuals with their estate planning needs, with offices located in Arlington Heights, Libertyville, Chicago, Cary, and Itasca.

  • Newland & Newland LLP, Attorneys, Arlington Heights, IL