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An advance health care directive (also called a living will) is designed to make sure that your health care decisions are carried out in the event that you are incapacitated. You can make important decisions about the kinds of care you do and do not want to receive ahead of time, and you can select someone to make any unforeseen decisions as well.

Creating an advance health care directive can alleviate your own concerns going forward and ease the burden on your loved ones in the future. At the Law Offices of Stephen E. Cockriel, we have decades of experience working with clients to ensure that they understand all of their options and that their wishes are carried out.

What An Advance Health Care Directive Includes

An advance directive includes your decisions about which medical treatments you are willing to receive and which you do not want. It also includes whether or not you wish to be resuscitated if you stop breathing or your heart stops, and whether you would prefer to be hospitalized or remain at home in the event you are seriously ill.

Why It's Important

Discussing the types of health care you wish to receive can be uncomfortable conversation to have with loved ones. Leaving these important decisions to be made when the worst comes adds to the stress and confusion your family and friends are already feeling. An advance directive will clearly express just what care you do wish to receive. Your family and friends will be comforted to know that they've carried out your wishes.

Free Consultation for those in Long Beach on Advance Health Care Directives

If you're considering estate planning and are interested in learning more about advance health care directives, your other options, and the potential costs, we offer free consultations. You can call us or email us to arrange a consultation with a lawyer.