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Creating Your Own Living Will

Apr 9, 2008
Do you have strong views about what should happen to you should you find yourself in a vegetative state for example, without the means to communicate your final end of life wishes to anyone? Is so, perhaps you should be thinking about creating a living will, or durable power of attorney (or medical powers of attorney)?

It is not easy to think about living wills or durable powers of attorney (or medical powers of attorney), whilst you live your normal everyday life. The fact remains, however, that terrible things do sometimes happen, and it is really best to be prepared for the worst. Each person should be able to make his or her own decision about when life has gone on long enough and the pain and difficulty of continuing are really too much. If you find yourself unable to communicate properly after an accident for example, then a living will can allow you to do just that; communicate your final wishes.

A living will is an instruction for termination of your life. You would specify the circumstances under which it would apply, so if, for example, you believe that once your heart stops beating, or once your brain stops working, you do not want life support, you have the right to request that in your living will. You can also ask that no nourishment be given to you, and other similar extreme measures. You should understand that the laws can be a bit tricky, and the decision might be taken out of your hands if you are hospitalised.

You should always discuss your wishes with your family and family doctor. Your family will be the first people who will be consulted if you find yourself in such serious circumstances, and if your wishes come as a shock to them, on top of the shock of seeing you so badly incapacitated, may render them unable to act on your wishes. If they are fully aware of what you want beforehand, they will be better prepared to deal with the situation.

So how to you create a living will? Obviously, you can get a legal professional to create the document for you. The Internet has made the creation of living wills very easy of you want to do it yourself. You can download the forms online and fill them in yourself. Be warned though, that the legal requirements and forms may vary where you live, so if you are following the course of doing these yourself, make sure you have the correct documents for your area.

Another reason to consult a legal professional is in case where you live has laws that prohibit such documents as living wills. It would be sad indeed if your wishes could not be carried out because of a legal oversight such as this.
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