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Definition of a Living Will

A living will is completely different from a normal will. A will states which assets and properties of your estate are to be transferred to certain people after your death, and a living will is a legal document that explains your medical wishes in regards to life prolonging options. Living wills are needed in the event that you become too ill or incapacitated, and can no longer make your own choices regarding medical care. It informs your doctors and loved ones of what you wish to happen if you suddenly become unable to voice your opinions. You may also appoint a health care proxy, who is a person you selected prior to becoming incapacitated to make medical decisions on your behalf. Creating a living will and appointing a health care proxy can be included in one document. If you wish to draft a valid living will, you may contact a Puerto Rico probate attorney from the Law Office of Sylvia C. Lugo-Sotomayor.

Living Will Requirements

In order to create a living will, you must be of legal age or declared an emancipated adult. Similar to when someone is writing a will, the person who is creating a living will must be of sound mind. If they lack testamentary capacity, the living will may be viewed as invalid. The content of your living will must clearly state your wishes in regards to medical decisions, and must follow what Puerto Rico law deems necessary to be in a living will. These laws can include specific text or terms to be used when creating a living will. Without a knowledgeable attorney assisting you while you draft a living will, you may use incorrect wording, and Puerto Rico may be forced to elect someone to make medical decisions on your behalf. A notary public must be present when you and two witnesses sign your living will, and when completed, a copy of your living will must be given to your doctor.

Legal Counsel from Our San Juan Lawyers

You may have heard horror stories about families being forced to choose their loved one's fate after they were rendered incapacitated. If you create a living will, your family will not have to decide what to do on your behalf in regards to medical decisions. Your doctor and loved ones will know if you want to either continue or terminate any form of live support if you ever find yourself in that situation. A living will only takes effect after your attending physician and another doctor declare you incapacitated. Do not burden your family with such a difficult decision. Create a living will with the assistance of one of our Puerto Rico estate planning attorneys as soon as possible.

Law Office of Sylvia C. Lugo-Sotomayor - Probate Attorney in Puerto Rico
# 7 Bayamon Street,
San Juan PR 00918
Phone: (787) 390-9140

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