Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Living Wills In Depth

Why everyone needs an Advance Directive or Living Will

      Avoiding legal battles over who has control is an especially important aspect of estate planning.  This can be particularly important regarding health care decisions.

 According to the Guinness Book of Records, the longest period spent in coma was by Elaine Esposito. She did not wake up after being anaesthetized for an appendectomy on August 6, 1941, at age 6. She died on November 25, 1978 at age 43 years 357 days, having been in a coma for 37 years 111 days. Sunny von B├╝low lived almost 28 years in a persistent vegetative state until her death in a New York nursing home on December 6, 2008.

      The Tony Bland case in 1993 was the first case in English legal history in which the courts allowed a patient to die from the withdrawal of life prolonging treatment including food and water.  Other countries are not necessarily as protective of these rights and protection varies widely within the United States.  We are fortunate to live in Washington State which has one of the most progressive sets of laws protecting patient's rights regarding their medical treatment and withdrawal thereof.

      On July 28, 2009, Barack Obama became the first United States President to announce publicly that he had a living will and to encourage others to do the same.

      I will register your medical power of attorney for you (along with your living will) through the US Living Will Registry. 
You will receive a card for your wallet with your agent's telephone number on it.  The card will have a code so that your documents can be accessed online.

      Below is a form to complete and bring with you when we meet, so that I can put your health care documents in the Registry for you.

(Active) - US Living Will Registration Form.pdf
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       Also below, is a copy of my card.  Click the link below to access my health care documents.  Enter "US Living Will Registry" as the source; Enter US0000065583 as the Registration Number.  Click on Durable Power of Attorney and Advance Directive to see copies of my documents.

 14205 SE 36th St Ste 100
Bellevue, WA 98006-1553
Phone: 425-649-1190
Fax: 425-223-3197


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