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Elderly people may consider revising their living wills in light of COVID-19.
For older adults contemplating what might happen to them during the pandemic, ventilators may represent a terrifying lack of personal control.
Respiratory failure remains a signature consequence of COVID-19. Ventilators pump oxygen into patients’ bodies while they are in bed, typically sedated, with a breathing tube snaked down the windpipe.
For some seniors, this is their greatest fear: being hooked to a machine with the end of their lives looming. For others, there is hope that the ventilator might give them another shot at life.
People who are willing to be kept alive by ventilation tend to believe that life is worth living no matter the disability. By contrast, people who oppose ventilation for themselves may feel that life is not worth living if the health situation is so difficult
Spivak Law Firm routinely assists people with estate planning needs, including: drafting your living will, healthcare and financial powers of attorney, and last will and testament.
For a free consultation, call Spivak Law Firm at (412) 344-4900 or toll free at (800) 545-9390.
It’s never too early to start thinking about drafting your Last Will and Testament and Powers of Attorney.
Clearly stating health care wishes and appointing a person to direct them are important at every age because accidents happen.
The trauma of an accident is exacerbated when sensitive health care decisions must be made based on assumptions, leaving family members, doctors, or even judges guessing about the patient’s values.
If you are healthy and young, you may still want to get certain wishes down in writing for just-in-case situations. For many parents, this means determining who will care for their children in the event of an emergency or crisis.
For more information about drafting your Last Will and Testament and Powers of Attorney, call Spivak Law Firm at (412) 344-4900 or toll free at (800) 545-9390.
If you die without a Last Will and Testament, the government will settle your estate.
If there are no clearly defined heirs, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will take all the assets you leave behind.
An estimated 60 percent of people die without a Last Will and Testament or any type of estate plan.
By getting your wishes down on paper now, you take care of everyone who is important to you and keep control over how your assets are distributed.
To speak with an experienced family law and estate planning attorney, call Spivak Law Firm at (412) 344-4900 or toll free at (800) 545-9390.