One of the many reasons why it is advisable to work with a good Central New Jersey estate planning lawyer when you are planning for the future is because of the fact that there are things to consider beyond the distribution of financial assets.
There are various contingencies that you may face at some point in time while you’re still alive, and one of these is the possibility of falling ill and becoming unable to communicate.
For this reason it is important to state your wishes about medical procedures and other matters such as organ donation. With a living will you express your preferences regarding how you feel about being kept alive indefinitely via the use of life-support measures should there be no hope of your recovery. You can also make your willingness to be an organ donor known.
A lot of people would prefer to let nature take its course, but if you do not make your wishes known this decision would fall into the hands of your family members. They can sometimes disagree and this is one concern. And even if they don’t, a decision of this magnitude is something that should not be placed in the lap of someone else.
The matter of organ donation is a serious one. According to OrganDonor.gov, 18 people die every day while waiting for a donated organ. The need is quite real and you could potentially do a lot of good if you express your desire to donate organs in your living will.
You can also register as an organ donor when you renew your drivers license, or you can sign up for the New Jersey organ donor registry online.