What Are Living Wills and Advance Directives?
Legal documents that allow you to plan and communicate end-of-life issues or decisions in case you are unable to communicate or make your own decisions, such as:
• LIVING WILL
Allows you to state your wishes concerning medical care and treatment in the event you develop a terminal condition or are permanently unconscious and can no longer make your own medical decisions.
• HEALTHCARE POWER OF ATTORNEY (SURROGATE)
Allows you to appoint a person to make medical and healthcare decisions on your behalf any time you are unable to make your own decisions.
Living Will Allows You to Leave Instructions In 4 Important Areas:
• Designate/Appoint a Healthcare Power of Attorney/Surrogate/Agent
• Refuse or Request life prolonging treatment
• Refuse or Request artificial feeding or hydration (tube feeding)
• Express your wishes regarding organ donation
Who Should You Appoint as Your Agent in a Healthcare Power of Attorney?
• Remember that person you name will have the power to make decisions about your medical care or treatment if you become unable to make those decisions yourself.
• Choose a person who can best make medical and health care decisions for you.
• This person should understand your wishes and desires and be willing to accept the responsibility of making medical/healthcare decisions for you.
• Pick a spouse, sibling, adult child, or close friend who you trust to make these decisions for you.
• Talk with the person you pick and tell them how you feel about these issues.
• Pick a back-up person
What If You Change Your Mind?
• You may revoke your Living Will and Health care POA
• Sign and date a written revocation
• Orally tell your family/friends that you revoked it
• Notify your doctor that you revoked it
• Destroy the original or any copies of the Living Will or POA
Other Issues You Should Know About Living Wills
• You must be 18 years old to execute a Living Will
• The effectiveness of a Living Will is suspended during pregnancy
• Law requires that the Living Will be signed by you in the presence of 2 witnesses and that your signature be witnessed by a notary public
Call Sutton Law today to speak with a professional, experienced lawyer that will advise you on the best way to draft your living will and/or medical power of attorney.
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