Chapter 1 – The Development of Advance Medical Directives and Living Wills
What is an Advance Medical Directive?
Why do I Need an Advance Medical Directive?
What is a Living Will?
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Supreme Court Intervention
The Story of Terri Schiavo
Chapter 2 – How Living Wills Work
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
Tissue and Organ Donation
Nutrition and Hydration
Pain Relief and Palliative Care
Care in the Home
Pain and Distress
Chapter 3 – State Requirements for Living Wills
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
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
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?
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
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
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
Chapter 7 – Living Will Review
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