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Why a Living Will?
What can a Living Will Do For You?
A Living Will can help you to:
A Living Will contains space for you to add any directions or provisions you may want.
What is the Legal Status of Living Wills?
In the landmark case of the United States Supreme Court concerning the right to die (Cruzan v. Harmon), the Court recognized the constitutional right of an individual to refuse unwanted medical or life-sustaining treatment. They went on to say that there is a right to refuse treatment only if a patient’s wishes could be established by “clear and convincing evidence.”
Most sates now have laws that allow a competent adult to make his or her wishes known through a Living Will.
In the states that do not as yet have such laws, Living Wills have been upheld and referred to in their court decisions.
A Living Will is the best evidence of your wishes and best protection for the emotional and financial well being of you and your family. Plan ahead.
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