Living Trusts

Living Trusts Attorneys-At-Law in White Plains, New York

There is considerable confusion about the effect and function of living wills, and the term itself is responsible for some of the misunderstandings. Unlike a traditional will, a living will takes effect during your lifetime to address significant issues and answer some of the questions about health care when you are unable to provide input. Along with other powers of attorney and advance directives, a living will is one of the most important estate planning documents you can create.

If you are contemplating a living will, it is essential to understand the basic laws and legal concepts. Our team at Kent Hazzard & Freeman can guide you through the process to ensure the arrangement conforms to your wishes about end-of-life medical issues. Please contact our firm to set up a consultation with a White Plains living trusts attorney who can advise you on the details under the law. You might also find it useful to review some basic legal information.

Overview of Living Trust Laws

If you become incapacitated because of injury or a medical condition, your physicians and health care professionals have no direction on delivering care. Plus, there is no one to make decisions regarding medical treatment that you may need. A living will and advance directive for health care addresses these issues, so you can:

  • Detail the types of medical treatment you would or would not like provided to you in different situations, such as life-sustaining care, nutrition, respiratory support, and many others;
  • Name an agent who is empowered to discuss your care with health care practitioners, access medical records, and make decisions regarding treatment; and,
  • Identify situations in which you would like life-sustaining care withdrawn or removed.

In the absence of a living will and advance directive for health care, your loved ones need another source of legal authority to act on your behalf. Under the law, this power can only come from a court through the guardianship process. The proceedings can be costly and time-consuming, both of which are a detriment as you await the essential health care services you need. Your living trust avoids the process by allowing your agent to seamlessly step into your shoes, and it provides directions and information about your intentions.

Legal Help from Experienced White Plains Living Trusts Lawyers

At Kent Hazzard & Freeman, our team is knowledgeable in the laws that apply to living wills and advance directives. Our process begins by consulting with you to understand your goals and options for achieving them. We can then prepare the essential documents and support you in executing them, as witnesses and/or notarization are necessary.

Our White Plains Living Trusts Attorneys Will Handle the Details

When it comes to something as critical as end-of-life medical care, you need experienced legal representation to help you understand the implications of your living will. To learn more, please contact Kent Hazzard & Freeman to schedule a consultation with a White Plains living trusts lawyer. We can assist with document preparation and other details after reviewing your circumstances.