Chicago End-of-Life Planning Attorney

The advances that have been made in medicine over the last century have allowed the medical establishment to significantly prolong the span of a life, even in the face of serious illness or an otherwise unsustainable physical decline. As much comfort as some may be able to find in the capabilities of modern medicine, many others wish to exert more control over the kind of care and treatment they are willing to undergo as their health begins to fade.

At Peck Ritchey, LLC, our Chicago end-of-life planning attorneys understand just how important it can be to make these decisions while you are still healthy, and we have the experience and resources that you will need to make informed, enforceable decisions about what kind of care and treatment you will be willing to undergo when your health begins to fail. Though decisions that you will need to make during this process may seem far removed from your present circumstances, it is important that these documents are created sooner than later.

Creating Advance Directives that Protect Your Decisions

Before you make any decisions about the kind of care and treatment you want at the end of your life, you should take some time to discuss the matter with your doctor. By doing so, you will be able to understand the medical implications of your decisions. Remember, it is okay to disagree with your doctor, but it is important that you understand and are able to properly consent to any of the possible consequences that may result from your decision.

Once you have the medical information that you need to make informed decisions about your end-of-life care, our team will be able to begin creating advance directives that will specify each of your decisions with the kind of exactitude you expect. Depending on what will be preferable to you, we can help you create the kind of advance directive that matches your wishes, including any of those that follow:

  • A living will—a document that can specify your exact wishes under generally and specifically defined circumstances
  • Health care power of attorney—a document that transfers the power to make medical decisions on your behalf to a third-party of your choosing

When it comes time for you to make these decisions, we will make sure that you understand all of your options first. After we have considered all of the options that you have, we can help you make an informed decision about what is in your best interests.

Consult with an End-of-Life Planning Attorney in Chicago

If you would like to learn more about what you can do to prepare for your future, or if you are ready to begin creating the advance directives that will legally protect your decisions, you should reach out to an attorney to begin discussing the options that are available to you. At Peck Ritchey, LLC, we have over 100 years of collective experience, and our legal team is prepared to help you make an informed plan for your end-of-life care. To speak with one of our attorneys about what we can do to protect your wishes, please call our offices at (855) 328-5787 today.