It is important as with all other estate planning documents to conduct a regular review of your materials to ensure these strategies still align with your goals. Routine reviews of your comprehensive estate plan help you to identify problems before they become issues. You want to ensure that your entire estate plan is aligned with your current needs and goals.
There are other circumstances that might prompt you to review your living will immediately, such as:
- Prior to a scheduled surgery.
- When you experience significant changes in your health, such as diagnosis of a disease like Alzheimer’s.
- When you become a parent.
- If you have dramatic changes in your opinions about the issues addressed in your living will.
- As you reach retirement age.
When you find yourself in these circumstances, it is important to communicate directly with an experienced and knowledgeable estate planning lawyer.
An estate planning lawyer can help you review your individual documents, such as a living will and discuss how these may be adjusted to accomplish your changed goals or new focus. An attorney is instrumental in helping guide you through this process and in answering your questions.
If you don’t yet have a living will in Virginia, now is a good time to speak with a Virginia Beach lawyer. We work with clients to help them understand how to update all your estate plan materials.