Little Steps takes a look at another tough topic, but one that is very important for families.  A Living Will is something parents should look at organizing in order to protect their wishes and their families.  

A Living Will is different to a Last Will and Testament.  This is a document that is issued to declare your wishes for end of life medical care. A living will, also called a directive to physicians or advance medical directive, is a document that lets people state their wishes for end-of-life medical care, in case they become unable to communicate their decisions. It has no power after death. You will still need a Will for after your death to finalize your other affairs.

How to create a Living Will

Your Will writer should be able to guide you through this process and discuss your options. You will need to review what medical care you are prepared to receive or not.

How Living Wills Work

To be valid, a living will must meet state/country requirements regarding notarization or witnesses. A living will can be revoked at any time. The document can take effect as soon as it’s signed, or only when it’s determined that the person can no longer communicate his or her wishes about treatment.

*Note: A Living Will is not a legally binding document in Hong Kong, but the doctors here will follow your stated wishes or assign your case to another doctor if your wishes go against the doctor's professional beliefs.