A Malvern Estate Attorney Explains Impact of a Move on Living Will
A move to a new state can impact your estate plan in a number of ways related to the distribution of your assets after your death. For more information on moving to a new state, see our article covering how moving to a new state could impact your estate plan please read
Moving to a New State | Your Estate Plan Could Change (Content from this source has been removed). However, a move to a new state can also have a major impact on what happens at the end of your life.
Any Malvern estate attorney can explain to you that a living will is one of the most important parts of your estate plan. A living will is essentially a legal document that specifies what type of emergency or end-of-life care you want. A living will may specify what to do if you are brain dead or in a coma or otherwise non-responsive and expected not to wake up. It can also provide details on what life-saving procedures to perform and on how to determine whether a procedure should be performed based on the quality of life you are likely to experience afterwards.
People who want to take the burden of deciding whether to “pull the plug” off of their heirs or who want to make certain they do not end up languishing in a vegetative state may use standard forms to create a living will or may have an attorney help them create one. In any case, it is important that the living will documents be prepared in a way that the law and healthcare providers will recognize as valid and enforceable.
A move to a new state, therefore, may necessitate the creation of a new living will. Although the living will created in your former state may be enforced across state lines and courts in your new state may consider it valid, significant delays and complications may arise if the healthcare provider(s) does not recognize the living will and a court needs to become involved to determine its validity.
To avoid this potential delay in an emergency situation, it is advisable to contact an estate planning lawyer as soon as you move to a new state. A Malvern estate attorney can help you to revise your estate plan and your living will when you have moved to the Pennsylvania area.
For help with estate planning, contact Unruh, Turner, Burke & Frees at (610) 240-0750. Our Malvern estate planning attorneys are trust and will lawyers who represent thousands of clients in Philadelphia, Chester County, Montgomery County, Delaware County, and Lancaster County, as well as clients from communities such as: Berwyn, Devon, Paoli, Exton, Phoenixville, West Chester, Malvern, Chester Springs, Ardmore, Gladwyn, Exton, Downingtown, and surrounding areas. Contact David Frees and Douglas Kaune today.