U.S. Legal Forms provides an excellent living will form for any state that you are residing in. Just to be clear it does make a difference if you reside in one state when your will is originally implemented and then you changed your legal residency to another state. By doing so you may have made your will null and void.
As you already know a living will is for the purpose of making you wishes about medical treatments clear should you become physically or mentally unable to do so. As an example, if you were to become what is referred to as brain dead, or a vegetative state, your will form would state whether you wished to continue medical care or have it stopped.
Therefore, if your living will form stated that you did not wish to receive life support if you became brain dead, the medical professionals would allow the natural dying process to take place without additional medical treatment or machines. This may mean that a machine that would normally breathe for someone would be turned off. It might mean that if you were receiving food though a feed tube, they would discontinue it.
On the other hand, if you wish to have every possible measure taken to continue your life your living will form can also indicate that as well. It is an emotional decision that requires an individual to really think about how this might play out. It may seem very easy to make the decision while everyone is in good health. However, the emotional roller coaster that can play out if a loved one takes a quick turn for the worse. It becomes a terrible decision for those left behind!
The other factor that I truly love U.S. Legal Forms' living will form is that you understand what is necessary to make the whole process legal. As an example, different states require different signatures on the forms in order to make them legal. Some may require two witnesses and a notary republic. Others will not allow a medical official that could be called upon to carry out the wishes to be a witness to the signing of the document. On the other hand, some states allow it.
The good news is that U.S. Legal Forms walks you through the entire process step by step so you comply with your state laws. Regardless of your decision to receive or not receive life sustaining medical treatment it will give you peace of mind that you will not be putting your loved ones in a position to make that decision for you. Just verbally informing them could create a long legal battle should one member of your family disagree with another.
Think of a living will form like a power of attorney. The whole purpose of a living will is for you to make known your wishes whether to receive or not receive life support or direct other individuals to make that decision for you. Don't leave them hanging!
Thank you and may God bless you.