Obamacare & Living Wills
Navigating Complex Issues with Help from Our McKinney Estate Planning Attorneys
Under the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, doctors will
now be reimbursed for taking the time to speak with patients about certain
estate planning matters. This initiative is designed to encourage the
elderly to write a living will, and to assign medical power of attorney.
A surprisingly large portion of senior citizens have no will or estate
plan at all, which can prevent their wishes from being met if they become
hospitalized or incapacitated.
Creating a will is a great idea, no matter what age you are or how much
money you have. At Willingham Law Firm, our McKinney estate planning attorneys
have created more than 4,000 wills, making us uniquely qualified to handle
even the most complex estate planning matters.
Questions about living wills? Call our firm today at (214) 250-4407 to
The Importance of a Living Will
While a last will and testament is important to protect your wishes after
your death, a living will can do the same thing while you are alive. In
this document, you can specify what types of medical care you do, and
do NOT want to receive if you are ever unable to make the decision for
yourself. These procedures can include:
- Blood transfusions
- Being placed on a respirator
- Specified surgeries
Those who are terminally ill may also choose to include a “do not
resuscitate” order, commonly known as a DNR. This document will
inform emergency medical personnel that you do not wish to receive CPR
or similar life-saving treatments in the event of a medical emergency.
Protect your wishes.
Contact us today to start forming your living will.
Medical Power of Attorney
Establishing medical power of attorney is also extremely important, as
it allows you to give someone the ability to make medical decisions on
your behalf when you aren’t able to. You can give this individual
as much or as little power as you want, although most people tend to grant
them full power. This means that if a situation arises which is not covered
in your living will, you will still have someone you trust making decisions for you.
It’s Never Too Early to Create a Living Will
While these Obamacare provisions are primarily geared toward senior citizens,
everyone should have a living will. Few people plan on being incapacitated
or unable to make decisions, but life can be unpredictable. It’s
important to specify your wishes in writing to ensure they are protected.
To form a living will, contact our experienced McKinney estate planning
lawyers at Willingham Law Firm today. We have handled all types of estate
planning matters for more than 2,000 clients, and will use our extensive
knowledge and experience to help protect your wishes.
Get started today. Call Willingham Law Firm at (214) 250-4407 for experienced counsel.