There are many difficult decisions that your family and friends may have to make for you in the future, if you do not have your wishes documented today. For instance, if you have a debilitating stroke that leaves you with minimal brain activity do you want to be kept alive for many years through extensive medical treatment? Do you want to be resuscitated if you will have no brain function and no hope of recovery? Many elderly people wish to die gracefully, but do not make their wishes known in advance leaving tough decisions to their loved ones.
An elder law lawyer can help you plan for all of the possible eventualities. Advances in medical technology may make some decisions hard to make, even now, but communicating what sort of life you are willing to lead is important and must be done. An experienced elder law attorney can assist you as you go through this decision making process and help you put together a plan that will clearly communicate your wishes to your friends and family.