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Make your Living Will Today! A living will is a document that allows you to specify what should be done about life-sustaining procedures if, in the future, your death from a terminal condition is imminent despite the application of life-sustaining procedures or you are in a persistent vegetative state.
Statutory Living Will
» A living will allows you to decide whether you desire life support under certain circumstances. It is a declaration that such procedures be withheld or withdrawn, and that you be permitted to die naturally with only the administration of medication or the performance of any medical procedure deemed necessary to provide you with comfortable care.
Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care
» Appoint a person to make health care decisions, including the use of life-sustaining procedures, for you when you are not capable of making a decision or consenting to treatment.
Declaration of Mental Health Care Treatment
» This is a form specifying your desires with regard to future mental health treatment. It allows you to make decisions in advance about 3 types of mental health treatment: psychotropic medication, electroconvulsive therapy, and admission to a treatment facility. The instructions that you include in this declaration will be followed only if 2 physicians or a court believes that you are incapable of making treatment decisions.
Life Prolonging Procedures Declaration - Statutory Form
» The form is your request for the use of life prolonging procedures that would extend your life, including appropriate nutrition and hydration, the administration of medication, and the performance of all other medical procedures necessary to extend your life, to provide comfort care, or to alleviate pain.
Out of Hospital - Do not Resucitate Declaration - Statutory Form
» This is a state specific form specifying your desires that, should you experience cardiac or pulmonary failure in a location other than an acute care hospital or a health facility, cardiopulmonary resuscitation procedures be withheld or withdrawn and that you be permitted to die naturally.
Although the term Living Will may indicate that it is a Will, in reality, it is more similar to a Power of Attorney than a Will. Therefore, don't be confused by the title of the document. The purpose of a living will is to allow you to make decisions about life support and directs others to implement your desires in that regard.
Some States use documents with other names which serve the same function as a Living Will.
Q: If I make a living will, does that assure that the Courts will not get involved and that family members will not be allowed to fight over the decision I make in the Living Will about whether I desire to continue life support?
A: No, but it changes the facts and reduces the chances that your wishes would not be followed. Family members could still dispute the medical opinions that you will not recover.
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