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Creating a Living Will Declaration in Baton Rouge, LA

Advance Health Care Directives

Advances in medical science over recent decades have made it possible to keep a larger percentage of patients alive who would otherwise have succumbed to terminal illness or fatal injuries. While this has been a great benefit to many individuals and families, many people would rather not be preserved only to suffer through drastic medical intervention.

There are several common reasons for this disagreement, from religious objections to a desire not to experience the pain of a terminal condition during treatment or wanting to spare the family the extreme financial costs of this type of care. Louisiana state law recognizes the right of an individual to make decisions in anticipation of an event that would find the patient unable to voice consent or disagreement to various options.

If you have a question about creating a living will, reach out to our Baton Rouge estate planning lawyer today!

Living Wills: Know Your Rights!

Title 40 of the Louisiana Public Health and Safety Code provides for the right of any citizen to make a living will declaration, also known as an advance health care directive. The grounds for this provision as laid out by the legislature include a respect for an individual's dignity and the fact that a patient may not value a "precarious and burdensome existence" through life support measures. As some illnesses and injuries are so severe that the individual is not able to make these decisions for themselves, it can prove to be extremely beneficial to have created this will.

A living will usually will go into a detailed list of what types of treatment you would want to receive, for how long and under what conditions, as well as granting power of attorney to another person who can make decisions on anything not covered in the will. Anything you can do to make the document precise and well-prepared will spare your loved ones the anguish of having to make life and death decisions in the face of uncertainty over what you would want.

Contact us today to see how we can assist with this process and help you protect your rights.

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