By Paul Schmitt
End-of-life decisions are difficult enough when a patient is able to make the decisions themselves. When someone is unable to make those decisions due to an accident or illness, advance health care directives made by a family member can lessen the emotional trauma. Attorney Bob Ross of Ross Estate Planning in Sturgeon Bay explains the importance of a living will.
Ross uses a tool called “the conversation starter” to get families discussing the “end-of-life” decisions. Without talking about the topic, he says, turns a hard situation into an impossible one. A living will goes into effect when you are no longer able to make your own decisions. The advocate designation or agent assigned can make those decisions based on documents expressing your wishes concerning medical treatment at the end of life.