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Publisher: Enodare

Pub. Date: Jan 2011

ISBN: 978-1-906144-28-9

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Country: United States


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A Living Will is the ONLY document that will give you that say!!


Have you ever considered what you would want to happen if an accident or an illness left you in a coma or in a permanent state of unconsciousness? Or, what if you were diagnosed as suffering from an irreversible terminal illness? Would you want to have your life prolonged by any means possible – even at the expense of your quality of life? Or, would you prefer to have a natural death?

These situations are not easy to contemplate; and the questions are certainly not easy to answer! Yet, through accidents and illnesses, these are issues faced by thousands of American families every single year. Families are forced to make these difficult decisions on behalf of loved ones who cannot communicate their own wishes. Those decisions can become even more difficult for them if they simply don’t know what their loved one would want in the circumstances.


If you find it hard to answer some of the questions above….consider how hard it might be for your family to answer the same questions on your behalf – but in real life! Worse still, consider what might happen if your family cannot agree on a course of action. In such cases, they may well end up arguing the point in court. This is exactly what happened in the Terri Schiavo case which received nationally media attention only a few years ago.


Fortunately, all of these possible problems and disagreements can be avoided by stating your wishes clearly in a living will. A living will allows you to instruct your healthcare providers and your family regarding the use or non-use of certain life-sustaining medical procedures in the event that you become terminally ill or permanently unconscious and unable to communicate your own healthcare wishes. If you subsequently end up in hospital, your doctors and medical personnel are generally obliged to follow these instructions in the administration of your medical treatment.


The provisions in your living will only apply where you are unable to communicate your wishes AND after two doctors have personally examined you and agreed that medical procedures will only prolong your death. If both doctors agree that this is the case, then certain medical procedures may be withdrawn or withheld, depending on the contents of your living will.


To make things easier for you, our lawyers have put together a book which, in plain English, tells you all you need to know about living wills. The book is called "Make Your Own Living Will".


  • Overview
  • Table of Contents
  • Forms
  • Requirements

"Make Your Own Living Will" will introduce you to living wills, the types of medical procedures that they cover, the matters that you need to consider when making them and, of course, provide you with all the relevant forms you need to make your own living will!

In this book, we will look at the various legalities surrounding the making of living wills, when they come into operation and what types of medical procedures they cover. We also take a close look at related documents such as healthcare powers of attorney, do-not-resuscitate orders and organ donation cards.

You will be provided with step-by-step instructions, detailed information and all the legal forms necessary to prepare your own living will.

The book contains a variety of ready-to-complete state specific living will forms, as well as detailed information relating to living wills and end-of-life treatment. You can prepare your living will easily in a matter of minutes!

Don’t wait until its too late to put a living will in place…….you may end up missing out on a procedure that you would have wanted ; or you may end up undergoing a procedure that you would never have approved of!!! Take Control Now!!

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Chapter 1 - The Development of Advance Medical Directives and Living Wills
Chapter Overview
What is an Advance Medical Directive?
Why do I Need an Advance Medical Directive?
What is a Living Will?
Development of Living Wills.19
Supreme Court Intervention
Federal Intervention
The Story of Terri Schiavo

Chapter 2 - How Living Wills Work

Chapter Overview
How Living Wills Work
What is a Terminal Condition?
What is a Persistent Comatose Condition?
What is a Persistent Vegetative Condition?
What Life Support Choices Do I Have Within My Living Will?
Life Sustaining Procedures
Respiratory Support
Cardiac Resuscitation
Blood Transfusions
Tissue and Organ Donation
Nutrition and Hydration
Pain Relief and Palliative Care
Care in the Home
Pain and Distress
Emotional Needs

Chapter 3 - State Requirements for Living Wills

Chapter Overview
State Requirements for Life Sustaining Medical Treatment
Who Can Create a Living Will?
Receipt of Minimum Medical Treatment
What Happens During Pregnancy?
When Does my Living Will Become Effective?
State Living Will Forms
Notarized Signatures
Out-of-State Directives
Life and Health Insurance
What if My Doctor or Hospital Refuses to Follow My Advance Directive?
Immunity for Healthcare Providers
Do I Need a Lawyer to Help Me Make a Living Will?
Should I Involve My Doctor in Making My Living Will?

Chapter 4 - Healthcare Agents
Chapter Overview
What is a Healthcare Agent?
Appointing an Agent to Revoke or Enforce Your Living Will
Choosing an Agent
Appointing an Alternate Agent
Responsibility of an Agent
Restricting Your Agent’s Authority
Will My Healthcare Agent be Responsible for My Medical Bills?

Chapter 5 - Should I Make a Living Will?

Chapter Overview
Should I Make a Living Will?
Why Should I Have a Living Will?
Must I Have a Living Will?
What Happens if I Don’t Make a Living Will?
What Should My Advance Directive Say?
When Should I Refuse Medical Treatment?
Religious Views of Living Wills
Family Discussions
Do I Need a Lawyer to Create a Living Will?
Finalizing Your Living Will
What to Do With Your Living Will
Legal ™ Wallet Cards
Terminating Advance Directives

Chapter 6 - Healthcare Powers of Attorney, Do Not Resuscitate Orders and Organ Donation

Chapter Overview
Healthcare Power of Attorney
Choosing a Healthcare Agent
Alternate Healthcare Agent
Who Can Make a Healthcare Power of Attorney?
Do I Need Both a Living Will and a Healthcare Power of Attorney?
Do Not Resuscitate Orders
Hospital and Non-Hospital DNR Orders
Validity of DNR Orders
Who Can Make a DNR Order?
Should I Make a DNR Order?
Can a DNR Order be Revoked?
Where to Keep Your Completed DNR Order
Do I Need a DNR Order, a Living Will and a Healthcare Power of Attorney?
Where to Obtain a DNR Order Form
Organ Donation

Chapter 7 - Living Will Review
Chapter Overview
Food for Thought
How to Write Your Own Advance Directive

Appendix 1 - State Specific Living Will Forms
Alaska State Forms
Arizona State Forms
Arkansas State Forms
California State Forms
Colorado State Forms
Connecticut State Forms
Delaware State Forms
District of Columbia State Forms
Florida State Forms
Georgia State Forms
Hawaii State Forms
Idaho State Forms
Illinois State Forms
Indiana State Forms
Iowa State Forms
Kansas State Forms
Kentucky State Forms
Louisiana State Forms
Maine State Forms
Maryland State Forms
Minnesota State Forms
Mississippi State Forms
Missouri State Forms
Montana State Forms
Nebraska State Forms
Nevada State Forms
New York State Forms
New Hampshire State Forms
New Jersey State Forms
New Mexico State Forms
North Carolina State Forms
North Dakota State Forms
Ohio State Forms
Oklahoma State Forms
Oregon State Forms
Pennsylvania State Forms
Rhode Island State Forms
South Carolina State Forms
South Dakota State Forms
Tennessee State Forms
Texas State Forms
Utah State Forms
Virginia State Forms
Washington State Forms
West Virginia State Forms
Wisconsin State Forms
Wyoming State Forms

Appendix B - Standard Living Will for Use in Massachisetts and Michigan

Appendix C - Sample Completed Living Will Forms for Alaska

Appendix D - Self Proving Affidavits
Self Proving Affidavits – Type 1
Self Proving Affidavits – Type 2

Appendix E - Notice of Revocation of a Living Will

Appendix F - Addendum to a Living Will

The following forms are included with this book:-

Living Will Forms

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

Self-Proving Affidavits

  • Self-proving affidavit – Type 1
  • Self-proving affidavit – Type 2

  • Notices of Revocation

  • Notice of revocation of a living will
  • Notice of revocation of a healthcare power of attorney

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  • Microsoft® Windows® XP with Service Pack 2 (Service Pack 3 recommended) or Windows Vista® Home Premium, Business, Ultimate, or Enterprise with Service Pack 1 (certified for 32-bit Windows XP and Windows Vista)
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 3.5GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on flash-based storage devices)
  • 1,024x768 display (1,280x800 recommended) with 16-bit video card
  • CD-ROM drive
  • QuickTime 7.1.2 software required for multimedia features
  • Broadband Internet connection required for online services*

    Windows 7 compatibility

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