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Contents Of A Living Will
In 1969, Illinois lawyer Louis Kutner first proposed the idea of living wills. Although the concept was received, the use of living wills faced many challenges particularly in cases when the testator, the person who made the living will, failed to clearly translate his health care desires into paper and so left rooms for confusion and misinterpretation. But over the years, the concept of living will has been explored and standardized. The contents of a living will, particularly, are becoming more encompassing and specific, thereby helping the doctors carry out medical wishes and the family in easing the burden.
What is the Difference Between a Living Will and Durable Power of Attorney?
Patients who might be on a tug of war between life and death can make things easier in the future by creating a living will. Do not be misled by the term—it has nothing to do with a traditional will or trust that is used to distribute properties and possessions after a person’s death. Instead, living wills are documents that clearly explain the type of medical treatments and health care a patient would prefer if they are unable to make decisions for themselves because of terminal illness, state of unconsciousness, and other situations that render them incapacitated.
Facing The Difficult Task Of Making Living Wills
Preparing living wills is not an idea that is readily welcomed by a lot of people. In fact, most folks would even dread facing this task. However, there is something that could somehow alleviate the unpleasantness in the whole situation.