Sunday, July 13, 2008
Do You Have A Living Will?
Just like a WILL, and many other planning documents, the LIVING WILL is never thought about very much until the need arises and then we or our families oftentimes wish we had been better planners. That is what Planning for Tomorrow is all about, helping and providing basic resources to become better planners.
A Living Will is so important to you and to your loved ones. Having a Living Will says you care about those making decisions upon your behalf as well as states your specific desires regarding your medical attention that you want.
A Living Will simply states the kind of medical treatment(s) that you would want provided for you as well as the type of treatment(s) you do not want if you have a terminal medical condition or if you become in a persistent vegetative state and cannot make those decisions at that time.
Every state has a specific living will for that specific state. The Living Will is typically only a couple of pages in length and states the month, day and year that the Living Will was created as well as your specific directives, limitations and your intensions.
There typically is a place within the document for your typed or handwritten specific comments and instructions regarding the use of feeding tubes, breathing machines, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, dialysis and mental health treatment if you so desire.
The document will then be signed and dated by you as well as will need to be witnessed and then notarized by a state notary.
Creating a living will is quite simple and like a WILL, everyone should have one in place.
There are several places to obtain the living will such as www.legalzoon.com, www.uslegalforms.com, local hospitals and medical centers, etc.
I am not an attorney and do not claim to be offering any form of legal advice regarding the above mentioned topic. This information is to be used as a resource to assist in your portfolio of planning documents. For legal advice seek out an attorney.