Living Wills for Terminal and Irreversable Medical Conditions

A living will is a directive expressed by the patient to withhold or withdraw life sustaining procedures when a person has a terminal and irreversible medical condition.

Many states including Louisiana have enacted laws to enable persons to make such declarations. The law gives immunity to health care providers acting under the direction of a physician in carrying out this directive. A living will declaration can save the terminally ill person and his/her family substantial pain and grief and you should give serious consideration as to whether such a declaration is desirable. If you do make such a declaration, you should consider whether you wish to have hydration and nutrition withheld. If so, this should be stated specifically in the declaration.

A sample free Living Will form can be found here and available to the public for personal use. 

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