Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog

Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Living Will and Medical Directives in Light of COVID

LivingBefore you being reading, you should know, "a Living Will is NOT the same as a Last Will and Testament."

In the wake of COVID-19, the terms "living will" and "medical directives" have become increasingly popular as people are preparing themselves and their families in case they are affected by the virus. 

A living will is  "a person’s wishes relating to life-sustaining procedures; while medical directives cover a person's wishes surrounding certain medical procedures and end of life care. COVID-19 has pushed many into revising their medical directives, many of which have made their directives more specific. "Many clients are rethinking some of the directives they put in place before COVID and want to make edits now."

If you do not want to make a medical directive, another option is to have a conversation with your medical power of attorney. By making this person aware of your wishes, they will be able to advocate on your behalf  if you are unable to do so.

Although COVID-19 has pushed people into making these decisions, it is important that you take the steps to consider and communicate your wishes to those you love.

See, Jana Luttenegger Weiler, Living Will and Medical Directives in Light of COVID, Davis Brown Law Firm, August 5, 2020.

Special thanks to Jim Hillhouse (Professional Legal Marketing (PLM, Inc.)) for bringing this article to my attention.


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