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How to Create Your Own Living Will

Updated on January 19, 2011

It may not be necessary, but it would certainly be a wise and caring, of you to write and put up your own living will. It is a legal document, which facilitates the use of the right to make decisions about what might happen and what medical procedures are done to you now if you have a critical or life-threatening tragedy. If you can not speak or decide on medical issues, living wills would be helpful. If you are in coma or unconsciousness, health care workers will use this to do their utmost to help you recover. In this way, one may also exclude certain medical procedures that you do not want.

Be sure to make your own living willwill not be liable for any misinterpretation. You should seek advice from a professional (a lawyer). Be clear in setting goals before you start writing a living will. What are your intentions? Do you disagree with certain medical procedures or are you just considering the hefty costs the processes might incur?  Here are some guidelines that can help you create your living will properly and in a breeze.

Carefully consider all options when you write a living will. As I said, you might consider the potential costs. You should also look at the survival rate. In the event you may be able to recover, why prolong the pain? You would have to take into account all the existing diseases, and history. It would be nice if you could seek help and be directed by a doctor or health care professional, before writing the document.

Ask permission if you want to name someone as a person who could make decisions on your behalf. Some people may not be comfortable with the idea. You can ask a family member or even your lawyer to do so. It is always important to realize the full consent of that person before it is included in your living will. You may need to appoint another proxy if the person is unable to perform the tasks you give them.

Have a witness when you sign and legalize your living will. This corresponds to process when you make a living trust or last will. The legal issues must be resolve, and supported for the living will to be effective. This is useful if you agree to donate your organs after your death.

Try writing your living will in a simple and clear manner. You do not want to be subject to misinterpretation. You should also check for typos, misspellings or grammatical errors, which, could lead to a non correct interpretation of the document.

Keep a copy of the living will. You can also distribute copies to others especially to your lawyer, doctor, nurse, family members and several trusted friends. This is to ensure that your living will have to come into force when the time comes.


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