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Cook County Living Will Attorney

Cook County Living Wills Medical Directives Lawyer

Estate Planning Lawyer for Medical Directives and End-of-Life Planning in Evergreen Park and Chicago's South Suburbs

No matter your age, estate planning can help you make decisions about what should happen after your death. During this process, you can also consider your wishes as you near the end of your life. Whether you are an elderly person who wants to make sure you will or will not receive certain types of medical treatment, are planning to undergo major surgery that could threaten your life or leave you incapacitated, or want to address other issues related to end-of-life care, you can create a living will or other medical directives to make sure your desires will be followed correctly.

When addressing matters related to your estate plan, you will want to work with an attorney who has a strong knowledge of the legal issues involved in the situations you and your family may face. At The Marques Eason Law Group, we will explain the different types of medical directives that you can use, and we will help you create and execute the necessary documents. By making sure you have properly considered all possibilities and advising you of your rights and options, we will provide you with the assurance that your wishes will be followed and your needs will be met.

Types of Advance Medical Directives

One of the best ways to make decisions about your medical treatment is to create a power of attorney for healthcare. This will name a person who is authorized to make these decisions on your behalf if you cannot make decisions on your own. You can also create other types of medical directives to address your needs, including:

  • Living Will - This will address situations in which you are diagnosed with a terminal health condition, and you are unable to express your wishes about the types of treatment you want to receive. In your living will, you can specify which types of treatment you do or do not want in particular situations. For example, you may state that you want to be kept alive as long as possible, or you may decide that you only want to receive treatment meant to ease your pain and ensure that you are comfortable. A living will only applies in a situation where a medical professional determines that you have an incurable terminal illness and death is imminent.
  • Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) Order/Practitioner Orders For Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) - These orders can specify whether you want to receive CPR if you stop breathing or if your heart stops beating. They can also address what other types of life-sustaining treatment you do or do not want to receive, such as intubation and ventilation, breathing support, medications administered through an IV, or nutrition administered through a feeding tube.
  • Declaration for Mental Health Treatment - If you have a mental illness and become unable to make decisions for yourself, this will allow you to decide whether you do or do not want to receive certain types of medications or electroshock therapy. You can also decide whether you may be admitted to a mental health facility for a short-term stay (up to 17 days), and you can name a person who is authorized to make decisions about these issues on your behalf.

Contact Our Beverly Advance Medical Directives Lawyer

By creating medical directives that address your unique needs, you can make sure you will be given the types of treatments you want to receive. This can help your loved ones avoid confusion about your wishes, and it can make sure you will have the proper care and comfort as you get closer to the end of your life. Our firm can help you determine the best options, and we will assist you in creating a comprehensive estate plan that will meet your and your family's needs. Contact our office at 312-973-3755 to learn more about how we can help. We help individuals and families address their estate planning needs in Cook County and throughout the South Side of Chicago, including Beverly, Chicago Ridge, Matteson, Oak Lawn, Evergreen Park, and Harvey.

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