A previous post on this blog talked about how Nevada living wills, while they are intended to help families and doctors make end-of-life decisions for a loved one who might not be able to speak for themselves, can actually create a lot of confusion when family members are not seeing eye-to-eye about what is in the best interest of their incapacitated friend or relative.
In the worst case scenario, friends, family members and doctors may find themselves facing off with each other in court litigation that may ultimately decide the fate of their loved one who is counting on them to make the best decision possible. This sort of litigation is very sensitive because of the magnitude of the decision and the emotional investment that is often involved.
As a result, it is advisable for a family member who feels his or her interests need protection to consult with and retain the services of an experienced, knowledgeable and compassionate attorney like those that work at our law office. We can help a family member investigate the facts of the case and advocate for the person’s positon in court when doing so is necessary.
For example, when there is a dispute about a living will, it may be necessary to ask a court to establish a formal guardianship over the patient, just to make sure it is clear who actually holds decision-making authority to determine the patient’s medical treatment.
Cases involving living wills are often high-stakes and full of family dynamics and emotions amplified by stress and, possibly, grief. However, the right lawyer can help a concerned family member to make the most out of a bad situation.