Do I really need an attorney to help me create my living will?

A living will is legal document that clearly outlines your wishes in the event you are too sick or injured to direct your own health care decisions. The creation of a living will may sound like a simple do-it-yourself project. However, it is actually quite complex and should be handled by an experienced attorney. After all, if your living will is not prepared properly, your wishes may not be carried out in the manner you intended. Following are three good reasons to use an experienced attorney to prepare your living will:

  • Eliminate risk – People who try to create their own legal documents, such as a living will, often use fill-in-the-blank legal documents. The problem with these documents is that they are generic and may not cover all of your needs.
  • Provide peace of mind – Knowing that an experienced attorney prepared your living will will put your mind at ease. You will not have to be concerned about mistakes that you may have made while trying to prepare it on your own.
  • Save time and frustration – Creating a living will on your own without means you will need to spend a great deal of time researching all of the options to create a solid legal document. This can be both frustrating and time consuming. An experienced attorney can remove this burden from your shoulders.


If you are ready to create a living will, our attorneys are here to help. We have a breadth of experience with family law, wills, and estate planning and are happy to put our skills to work for you.