Living Will Template
A lot of people find it difficult to plan ahead
for things like serious illness or death. However, it's much
more unpleasant to not plan ahead. Planning for every future
possibility is important in making sure you get exactly the
medical treatment you want. To do this, you should create
a living will.
A living will is a legal paper that lets you specify the
way you want to be medically treated in the event that you
are too sick or hurt to speak for yourself. For example, some
religions have restrictions on the amount or type of life
support that a person can receive, but if your physician doesn't
know what you believe, you may be subjected to treatments
that are against your religion. A living will can not only
state whether or not you would like to be kept alive by extraordinary
measures, it can specify a person who will be entitled to
make medical decisions on your behalf.
When you write a living will, you can state your desire to
become an organ donor in the event of a catastrophic illness
or accident. Failing to write this in a living will can keep
your family from donating your organs on your behalf. Or,
your family can still refuse to donate your organs even if
you've told them that you wish to do so. Writing a living
will is the only sure way to make your wishes known and enforceable.
Organ donors save countless lives every day. However, there
are more people in need of organs than there are donors to
match. A lot of people die waiting for an organ. While no
one would wish an illness or accident on another person, things
do happen. When a person states in their living will that
they want to be an organ donor passes on, their act of generosity
can save quite a few people.
Writing a living will is something that should be taken care
of well in advance. If you don't write a living will and then
something happens to you, it can lead to nasty disputes among
family members when it comes to deciding whether or not to
keep you alive artificially. By making your wishes known both
verbally and in writing, you can keep peace in the family.
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