Living Wills and Medical Powers of Attorney in Kentucky

What Are Living Wills and Advance Directives?

 

Legal documents that allow you to plan and communicate end-of-life issues or decisions in case you are unable to communicate or make your own decisions, such as:

 

    LIVING WILL

 

Allows you to state your wishes concerning medical care and treatment in the event you develop a terminal condition or are permanently unconscious and can no longer make your own medical decisions.

 

    HEALTHCARE POWER OF ATTORNEY (SURROGATE)

 

Allows you to appoint a person to make medical and healthcare decisions on your behalf any time you are unable to make your own decisions.

 

Living Will Allows You to Leave Instructions In 4 Important Areas:

 

    Designate/Appoint a Healthcare Power of Attorney/Surrogate/Agent

 

    Refuse or Request life prolonging treatment

 

    Refuse or Request artificial feeding or hydration (tube feeding)

 

    Express your wishes regarding organ donation

 

Who Should You Appoint as Your Agent in a Healthcare Power of Attorney?

 

    Remember that person you name will have the power to make decisions about your medical care or treatment if you become unable to make those decisions yourself.

 

    Choose a person who can best make medical and health care decisions for you.

 

    This person should understand your wishes and desires and be willing to accept the responsibility of making medical/healthcare decisions for you.

 

    Pick a spouse, sibling, adult child, or close friend who you trust to make these decisions for you.

 

    Talk with the person you pick and tell them how you feel about these issues.

 

    Pick a back-up person

 

 

What If You Change Your Mind?

 

     You may revoke your Living Will and Health care POA

 

    Sign and date a written revocation

 

    Orally tell your family/friends that you revoked it

 

    Notify your doctor that you revoked it

 

    Destroy the original or any copies of the Living Will or POA

 

Other Issues You Should Know About Living Wills

 

    You must be 18 years old to execute a Living Will

 

    The effectiveness of a Living Will is suspended during pregnancy

 

    Law requires that the Living Will be signed by you in the presence of 2 witnesses and that your signature be witnessed by a notary public

 

 

Call Sutton Law today to speak with a professional, experienced lawyer that will advise you on the best way to draft your living will and/or medical power of attorney.

 





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