Although some schools will not be requiring their teachers to return to their classrooms just yet as COVID-19 cases continue to climb in Florida, there are some schools that are expecting their teachers to return and prepare for the 2020-2021 school year. Although many are displeased with their school’s decision, some are left with no choice but to return to the classroom so they can continue receiving a steady source of income along with other benefits they rely on.
Unfortunately, because many teachers who will be required to return to the classroom could, at some point, become exposed to a sick child or co-worker, they must plan for the worst-case scenario. Although no one wants to anticipate contracting the potentially deadly virus, it discriminates against no one, and therefore, those who are at a high risk of contracting it should have all plans in place in the event they become incapacitated. One way to plan for this is by having a Coral Springs, Florida estate planning attorney draw up a living will for you.
What is a living will?
A living will is a legal document that allows you to “describe your goals for medical treatment, your religious or spiritual beliefs, and any guidance you wish to give regarding your medical treatment in various circumstances.” Essentially, what this means is that if you become incapacitated and cannot make decisions for yourself, a living will will outline how you want things to be handled in terms of medical care. Aside from a living will, you can also have an estate planning lawyer draw up a health care power of attorney. In this legal document, you are able to name an agent, or “health care proxy,” which is a person you choose to designate to make medical decisions on your behalf.
What belongs in a living will?
In your living will, you can outline the following:
- “How aggressive you would like your health care to be near the end of life.”
- Under what circumstances you would allow yourself to be tube-fed.
- When you would or would not want CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) performed.
- Whether you want to be kept on mechanical ventilation if your physician determines you won’t be able to breathe again on your own.
It is extremely important that when you decide to get a living will that you have a Coral Springs, FL estate planning lawyer helping you as the wording must be clear and concise. You also want to be sure your living will conforms to your state’s laws and are a true reflection of your wishes.
How do I get a living will?
If you’re interested in having a living will drawn up, you are encouraged to contact Express Law today. Coral Springs, FL estate planning attorney Margery Golant is now offering consultations in-person or by phone or zoom so that anyone who wants to learn more about getting a living will can do so without having to meet in-person.
To schedule your initial consultation with Attorney Margery Golant, call 561-449-2076.
Express Law can be reached at:
2900 West Sample Road
Pompano Beach, FL 33073