A Living Will Attorney in Gardendale, Alabama

Find the Right Lawyer Now

In Gardendale, Alabama a living will, also identified as a "healthcare directive" is a document which lays out instructions for your family and your doctor concerning healthcare matters should you become so ill that you are unable to make or express such decisions.

Making a living will can save your family a great deal of grief. There are some pretty terrible cases that a living will can help you avoid. It's not uncommon for a patient to become incapacitated, leaving the doctors with only a few options. Members of your family might disagree over what you would want, leading to an extremely painful conflict, which could have been easily avoided if they'd simply known.

For example, many people state that they would not want to be kept alive by artificial means if they are in a vegetative state, and have no reasonable chance of recovering. Others, however, would like to be kept alive if they have any chance, no matter how small, of recovery. If your wishes on this matter aren't known, your doctor or family members might have no idea what you would have wanted, and may make a judgment that goes against your wishes.

Additionally, individual family members may not agree on what the patient would have wanted. Disputes on this subject can be profound, and can cause irreversible damage to family relationships. But if the patient's wishes are made clear in advance, these fights can typically be avoided.

How to Create A Living Will in Gardendale, Alabama

Before taking any steps to establish a living will, you should make your wishes known to your family. While it's ultimately your decision (and your family will probably recognize that), they will probably appreciate having their opinions heard. Additionally, implementing a living will can be much easier if the family already knows what it says, with the document simply making it legally-binding.

You should then go about drafting the will. This should almost always be done with the help of a Gardendale, Alabama attorney who specializes in these matters.

Living wills usually have to follow the same formalities as regular wills (the ones that distribute a person's property after their death).

While these procedures vary by state, there are a few elements that are quite common. For instance, in most states, wills have to be witnessed and signed by at least 2 people who have no direct stake in it. It's also important to avoid any disputes or confusion as to whether or not a particular document was intended to be a will. A clear statement to that effect should be the first paragraph in any type of will.

Find a Gardendale Lawyer that Specializes in Your Area of Need:

Do I Need A Gardendale, Alabama Living Will Attorney?

While not always necessary, a knowledgeable healthcare or wills attorney in Gardendale, Alabama can make this process much easier. Lawyers, obviously, understand the law. Because of this, it is much easier for them to avoid the legal pitfalls that can make a living will unenforceable.

3 Wills, Trusts and Estates cases posted to LegalMatch lawyers in Gardendale

Living Will Attorneys in the Largest AL Cities

Show Alabama Cities

Living Will Lawyers in Other Alabama Cities and Towns


Find the Right Lawyer Now

Top Rated Lawyers

View attorney profiles and see how other LegalMatch users rate attorneys that may respond to your case.

Wills, Trusts and Estates Lawyer
LegalMatch Wills, Trusts and Estates Lawyer Ayn T.

Ayn T.

SHELBY, AL

Wills, Trusts and Estates

Rating (1 users) *****
See Reviews
Family Law Lawyer
LegalMatch Family Law Lawyer Scott J.

Scott J.

JEFFERSON, AL

Family Law

Rating (4 users) *****
See Reviews
General Practice Lawyer
LegalMatch General Practice Lawyer Paul S.

Paul S.

DEKALB, AL

General Practice

Rating (1 users) *****
See Reviews
Real Estate, Housing & Property Law Lawyer
LegalMatch Real Estate, Housing & Property Law Lawyer Alan G.

Alan G.

BROWARD, FL

Real Estate, Housing & Property Law

Rating (4 users) ***
See Reviews

Need a Lawyer?

No obligation - Lawyers compete for your case. Choose your issue & get started now: