Easy Questions  
Free Legal Documents

Living Wills for End-of-Life Medical Decisions in Albers, IL

Living Wills for End-of-Life Medical Decisions in Albers, IL


Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It's the transition that's troublesome.
 
- Isaac Asimov


All adults should consider having an advance directive as to the preferences regarding end-of-life care. The unexpected can happen when you least expect it. Living wills can indicate your preferences and will be the hallmark of your treatment or end-of-life-care. This is important especially if you are in a coma or incapacitated, so your living will would speak on your behalf.

Advance Directives are more than just Living Wills

Your medical care preferences can be stated in your advance directives. This can guide your doctor or family if the time comes that you are unable to make your own health decisions. This advance directive can also help avoid disagreement or confusion cause by well-meaning family members with different opinions.

Things that can be included in your advance directives:

• Living will. This is known as the health care declarations or health care directives. This document will indicate the medical treatments and life sustaining measures you want or don't want

• Medical or health care power of attorney (POA). This document will indicate the person responsible to make medical decisions for you in the event that you are no longer capable of making decisions

• Do not resuscitate (DNR) order. It is a request to not to be revived if you stop breathing or your heart stops beating. Advanced directives do not necessarily include a DNR order and you don't have to have an advance directive for a DNR order. Your doctor can put a DNR order on your medical chart.


The Importance of a Living Will and Medical POA

It is advisable to create both a medical POA and a living will because a living will cannot cover all possible situations. A medical POA can assign a person to act as your health care agent. This will authorize him or her to make medical decisions on your behalf as guided by your living will. The authorized person will also have the capacity to interpret your wishes that were not clearly indicated in the living will. A medical POA can be helpful when families have different or opposing opinions with regards to your well being.

How to Choose a Health Care Agent

The most important part of your planning is choosing who to designate as your health care agent. You should find someone who takes your interest at heart and understands what your want to happen and act accordingly. People who are mature and level headed and comfortable with candid conversations should be assigned because they will focus more on what you want to happen rather than of feelings of guilt or obligation.

Desired Treatments

Values that are important to you can be used to determine your wishes. Define the necessary treatments that you would want and those that should be forgone. Do you want every effort to prolong your life, or would you prefer to die with dignity with less medical intervention? Only you can decide. Discuss your questions regarding care and treatments with your doctor:

• Resuscitations. Choose between cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or by using a device that delivers electric shock to stimulate the heart. Both of these methods restart the heart when it stops beating.

• Mechanical ventilation. Consider how long you want to be under a machine that breaths for you the after you become incapable of breathing independently

• Nutritional and hydration assistance. How long do you want to be kept alive through feeding tubes and intravenous methods?

• Dialysis. Do you want this treatment for the removal of waste from your blood and to maintain your fluid levels after your kidney is no longer functional?


Organ Donations

Advance directives can also specify your wishes for any organ or body donation or tissue transplant. You can contact a medical school near your area for details.

Share your Wishes with your Family

Discuss with your family regarding your medical care wishes when you create a medical directive. It may not be an easy subject to talk about, yet by planning ahead, you can be sure of the medical care you want to receive. It will leave them at peace with the tough decisions that occur during end of life.

Fill Out Forms for your Estates

Your advance directives should be in writing. Use 1-2-Law as a means to ensure sure you are following the advance directives laws in your state. After filling the forms keep one copy in a safe place and give another to your health care agent or family member(s). Carry a card in your wallet stating you have a living will and where it can be found.

Review Advance Directives from Time to Time

Your health, the available treatment choices and your life's perspective may all change over time. Consider revising your advance directives if you happen to change your mind about the instructions you have stipulated in the document. Revising it is fast, easy and affordable at 1-2-Law. This living will or medical POA is only enforced if you are unable to make your own medical decisions yourself as determined by your doctor.
 
Personalize & Print a Free IL Living Will Download this Document
Page 1
Page 2
Page 3
Page 4
Page 5
Page 6
Page 7
Page 8
 
Personalize & Print a Free IL Power of Attorney Download this Document
Page 1
Page 2
Page 3
Page 4
Page 5
Related Legal Services near Albers, IL
Lynch Jennifer M
119 S Kennedy Dr
Bradley, IL 60915
(815) 802-9999
General Practice Attorneys, Attorneys, Legal Service Plans
Edelson Leon
PO Box 230
Deerfield, IL 60015
(847) 374-9797
Attorneys
Neil Simon
420 Lake Cook Rd
Deerfield, IL 60015
(847) 607-9649
Attorneys
Law Ofcs of Manotti L Jenkins
4922 S Cornell Ave # X
Chicago, IL 60615
(312) 208-9537
General Practice Attorneys, Attorneys
Katz Goldstein & Warren Pc
2345 Waukegan Rd Suite 150
Bannockburn, IL 60015
(847) 317-9500
Business Law Attorneys,  Arbitration Services,  Arbitration & Mediation Attorneys,  Litigation & Tor
Thollander David C
1048 Ogden Ave # 200
Downers Grove, IL 60515
(630) 971-9195
General Practice Attorneys, Attorneys
Davis Keith E
1525 E 53rd St # 628
Chicago, IL 60615
(773) 493-8700
Real Estate Attorneys, Landlord & Tenant Attorneys, Attorneys
Smith Patrick J
5116 Forest Ave # 1
Downers Grove, IL 60515
(630) 964-8450
Real Estate Attorneys,  Personal Injury Law Attorneys,  Bankruptcy Law Attorneys,  Employee Benefits
Smith Patrick J
4823 Stanley Ave
Downers Grove, IL 60515
(630) 964-8450
General Practice Attorneys, Attorneys
Chertkow Glenn
1525 E 53rd St
Chicago, IL 60615
(773) 493-8444
Traffic Law Attorneys,  Attorneys,  Real Estate Attorneys,  Transportation Law Attorneys
Dana Brisbon
PO Box 30
Dekalb, IL 60115
(815) 901-8419
Attorneys
Montville Jacqueline
515 Kendall Ln
Dekalb, IL 60115
(815) 758-8396
Bankruptcy Law Attorneys, Attorneys, Legal Service Plans
Edyta Salata
947 Maple Ave
Downers Grove, IL 60515
(630) 310-8356
Attorneys, Family Law Attorneys, Workers Compensation Assistance, Immigration Law Attorneys
Rothschild & Alexander Law Ofc
2207 Lakeside Dr
Bannockburn, IL 60015
(847) 945-8301
General Practice Attorneys, Legal Service Plans, Attorneys
Landau & Assoc Pc
515 Ogden Ave Ste 101
Downers Grove, IL 60515
(630) 852-8282
Estate Planning Attorneys,  Attorneys,  Legal Service Plans,  Criminal Law Attorneys,  Family Law At
Cochran David S Attorney
921 Curtiss St
Downers Grove, IL 60515
(630) 852-8250
Attorneys, Elder Law Attorneys, Family Law Attorneys
D Lakhami Law Offices
4930 Main St
Downers Grove, IL 60515
(630) 442-7954
General Practice Attorneys, Attorneys
Julie A. Monberg PC
1525 E 53rd St
Chicago, IL 60615
(773) 752-7660
Attorneys, Social Security & Disability Law Attorneys, Labor & Employment Law Attorneys
Price Marc
707 Lake Cook Rd Ste 314
Deerfield, IL 60015
(847) 405-7600
Real Estate Attorneys, Attorneys
Otis Law Group LTD
1525 E 53rd St # 405
Chicago, IL 60615
(773) 363-7300
General Practice Attorneys, Attorneys, Legal Service Plans
Stuart Reid Law Office
420 Lake Cook Rd
Deerfield, IL 60015
847-317-0566
Attorneys, Legal Clinics, Family Law Attorneys, Legal Service Plans, Divorce Attorneys
Narmont John S
101 N Iris Dr
Auburn, IL 62615
(217) 438-6414
Attorneys,  Family Law Attorneys,  Wills, Trusts & Estate Planning Attorneys,  Legal Service Plans,
Krajewski Brian J
1547 Warren Ave
Downers Grove, IL 60515
(630) 435-6340
General Practice Attorneys, Attorneys, Insurance
Boyle Law Dekalb
301 E Lincoln Hwy
Dekalb, IL 60115
(815) 756-6328
Insurance Attorneys, Attorneys, Business Law Attorneys
12Law.com   |  NASHVILLE, TN USA   |  CONTACT US