What is a living will? In North Carolina, a living will, also referred to as an Advanced Directive for a Natural Death, specifies what type of health care and medical treatments you prefer if you are unable to direct your health care. Without a living will in place, in the event you suffer from an illness or accident that leads to your incapacitation, you won’t be able to make decisions regarding your health care treatment.
When you have a living will, you may specify what health care treatment you desire, even if you cannot communicate this to your health care provider. A living will allows you to direct your health care provider to provide you with the maximum care possible, minimum care possible, or leave the decision to the discretion of an appointed health care power of attorney agent.
A health care power of attorney works in conjunction with a living will. This is the document that appoints your health care agent. A health care agent is someone who can direct your health care in the event of your incapacitation. Most people choose their spouse, significant other, relative, or close friend to be their health care power of attorney. In North Carolina, the only requirements for being a health care power of attorney are that you are at least 18 years old and you are not being compensated for your position.
If you need legal advice concerning a living will, advanced directive, or health care power of attorney, please contact Adkins Law PLLC to speak with an estate planning attorney in Huntersville NC. Adkins Law is located in Huntersville and primarily serves Huntersville, Cornelius, Davidson, Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, and the Lake Norman area.