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Discussion in '2005 Archive' started by donnA, Feb 23, 2005.
Do you have a livng will?
What are your thoughts on this?
We need to do this.
Depending on your age and assets it is a very good idea. If you have a laywer that you regularly use they should be able to point you into the right direction if not draw one up for you themselves.
You can pick up forms from any hospital and prehaps some doctors offices will have them, you don't need a lawyer for a living will. But then you don't actually need the form either, you only have to make sure your family knows exactly what you want, so you've made difficult decisions for them about yourself.
From our experience with our mother last year, it is deffinately best to have your living will in writing. Because Mom did have hers, we had to abide by it during her stay at the hosptial and transitional care. The doctors wanted to do many things that she had specified not to be done. It would have been tempting to let them do some things but we knew we could not because she had already decided what she wanted and what she did not.
It is a great thing to have, you never know what is to come and it is the only way to ensure that your wishes are carried out!
What would your wishes be under different circumstances?
Each state is different in its laws about a "living will." In Wisconsin we have a "Medical Power of Attorney." Anyone can fill it out and have it witnessed by someone else. No attorney is needed. It specifies if you want CPR, food, or hydration (water for you in Rio Linda)if you find yourself in a vegatative state. My wife and I filled out ours with our Living Trust. One you have it filled out, then a copy should go with your will/living trust, one to your doctor and another to family members. If you change your mind, you just tear up the document.
As an EMT in Wisconsin we have to have a DNR (Do Not Recusitate) bracelet or MPA in hand to withhold CPR. It is certainly good to discuss this beforehand with your family so they know your true wishes.
You can go online and get a copy of a living will and draw one up yourself..Give a copy of it to your attorney for his records.
If you do not have an attorney, then family members will do.. You don't HAVE TO HAVE an attorney to do this though.
Once you have drawn up the will, have it notarized and give a copy to ALL of your doctors and the hospitals you go to.
I did it this. My doctor said as long as they have something like this on file,it's legal and binding.