Many people do not want to be kept alive artificially. They want to die naturally with no life support, but without pain and they want the administration of pain medications. Well, unfortunately many sign form Living Wills that automatically withdraw hydration and nourishment in the directive to the healthcare surrogate. The significance of that is if you are dehydrated it significantly reduces the effectiveness of pain medication. I always counsel against the withdrawal of hydration. Seek the advice of an attorney to help you with your estate planning and healthcare documents.
Did you know; in today’s world with blended families step-heirs are not a sufficient relationship to have a statutory right to inherit from a family member who dies intestate, that is without a will. Many assume that by virtue of living in the same household or just being married that all will go to the spouse and that their children will take as will the biological children. Not so. Many complications occur in a family when one dies unexpectedly and is without a will. Do not let this happen to your family. Seek the advice of an attorney to help you with your estate planning.