Our estate planning attorneys are well aware of the heartache associated with trying to decide if a loved one would want to have his or her organs donated to save others. This is an extremely difficult decision for your loved ones to make on your behalf, so it is important to make your wishes known in your estate planning documents.
The statistics from the website for Donate Life America speaks volumes:
- More than 123,000 men, women and children currently require life-saving transplants
- Every 10 minutes, another name is added to the National Organ Transplant Waiting List
- On average, 21 people die each day due to the lack of organs available for transplant
- 90% of Americans say they support donation, but only 30% know the essential steps to take to be a donor
When we create your estate plan, you can make your wishes concerning organ donation clear using an Advanced Health Care Directive. Many individuals make their wishes known regarding organ donation by designating it on their driver’s license or executing an organ donor card. However, when you make organ donation decisions in your estate plan, you are more likely to discuss them with your loved ones. You can also specify which organs you want or do not want to donate. However you do it, making your organ donation wishes known to your loved ones will make it easier on them and for the healthcare professionals that are caring for you.
Let us help you make decisions regarding your future. We can assist you with creating your advance directives, which includes instructions on end of life care. Making decisions regarding your health and organ donation is extremely personal, so let us ensure that your wishes are legally documented and accessible if an emergency occurs.
The Astill Law Office has provided high quality legal services for over 30 years. We specialize in wills, trusts, estate planning, and asset protection. If you have any questions about creating a Trust, Will, or estate planning in general, contact The Astill Law Office at 801-438-8698.