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Preparing a Printable Living Will Document

The Ultimate Guide to Creating a Printable Living Will

Creating a living will is an important part of estate planning and ensuring that your wishes for medical care and other matters are respected in the event of an emergency. Taking the time to create a legally-binding document can be a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. This guide will provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to create a printable living will that is customized to your wishes. You’ll also learn how to update it as your needs change over time. With the right information and a little effort, you’ll be able to have peace of mind knowing that your wishes are in writing and will be respected by your family and medical team.

What is a living will?

A living will is a document that lets you express your wishes for medical care in the event that you are no longer able to communicate them due to medical circumstances such as a coma or being in a vegetative state. This document can be useful in situations where a person has become incapacitated and unable to communicate their wishes for end-of-life care. This can include things such as the desire to be on life support and receive artificial nutrition and hydration, or stop receiving these treatments and be placed under palliative care. Living wills are also sometimes called advance medical directives. There is also a related document called a durable power of attorney for health care (or health care proxy) that gives someone the legal authority to make decisions about your medical care if you are unable to do so yourself.

Why create a living will?

A living will is just one part of a broader estate plan that also includes a will or trust. The living will is an important document that designates what medical treatments you want or don’t want in the event that you are unable to make those decisions yourself. This can be especially important if you have young children, as they will need to know what decisions you want them to make on your behalf. A living will can also help avoid difficult conversations with loved ones who may disagree with your wishes. A living will is not a substitute for a will or trust, but it’s an important part of any person’s estate plan.

What should be included in a living will?

A living will should include information such as the type of medical care you would like to receive or not receive if you cannot make those decisions yourself due to an illness or disability. You should also include other instructions and wishes, such as who has your health care power of attorney or durable power of attorney for health care. You may also want to state whether or not you want to be kept alive through artificial means, such as life support, or if you would prefer palliative or hospice care. You should also consider who will be responsible for carrying out your wishes once you’re no longer able to communicate them. If you have young children, you will likely want to leave them out of the process. If you have older children or other loved ones who are close to you, you may want to include them in the decision making process.

How to create your living will

There are a few different ways you can go about creating your living will. You can write it by hand, type it on a computer, or use a program designed for the purpose. Handwritten living wills are legally valid in every state, so you don’t need to worry about formatting or how your writing looks. Computer-generated living wills can be formatted properly, but they aren’t handwritten, so they aren’t as legally binding. Programmed living wills have the advantage of letting you fill out multiple versions to account for changes in your health and wishes over time. You can also use a combination of these methods to create your living will. For example, you can write out your wishes by hand, but then type up multiple versions of your living will with different dates to account for changes in your health or the age of your children. You can then store these in a safe place.  It is advised that you store any estate documents in SideDrawer, a free secure icloud storage.  Icloud storage is always accessible from where ever you or your loved ones are.

a) Gather information

The first step to creating your living will is to gather the information that you’ll need to include in it. You’ll want to start by identifying any medical conditions that you currently have or have had in the past. This can include conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, or any mental health issues that you’ve been diagnosed with in the past. It’s also a good idea to list any medical treatments that you currently receive, such as medications, regular doctor visits, or surgeries that you’ve had in the past. This will help you account for any future illnesses or changes in your medical condition that may require new treatments. You should also consider including your religious beliefs and any moral or ethical reasons for your preferences for medical care.

b) Fill out the printable living will form

The U.S. Will Registry provides Living Will Forms for every state. Once you’ve gathered the information you need to include in your living will, you’ll be ready to go through the process of actually filling out the form. If you’ve written your living will by hand, you can simply follow the format and instructions below. If you’ve written your living will on a computer, you’ll need to print it out, fill it out by hand, and then sign and date it. You can use the printable living will form provided below to get started. The first thing you’ll want to do is fill out the title and date at the top of the form. The title should include your full name, address, and telephone number. The date is the date that you created the living will. The next section lets you state who your living will is made for, which is typically yourself.

c) Have your living will witnessed or notarized

It’s important to remember that a living will is not a legal document unless it is witnessed and/or notarized. This means that two people must witness you signing your living will and then it must be notarized. Most banks and government offices provide notarization services. If you choose to have your living will witnessed and notarized, the witnesses should be people who don’t have a vested interest in your estate. It can be helpful to choose two medical professionals who are familiar with your medical history. This can include doctors, nurses, or paramedics that have been involved with your care in the past. If you choose to have your living will notarized, it must be done by an authorized notary public. You can find out if your state has a notary public and what the requirements are for becoming one by visiting the National Notary Association’s website. You can also find links to all state notaries on the NNA website.

Updating your living will

It’s important to update your living will as your health and circumstances change. You can use the same printable living will form provided above for each updated version. You can also use the same format to create a completely new living will document. Make sure to mark each updated document with a new date so that there is no confusion about which one is current. You can also store your updated living will along with your will or trust in a safe place where your loved ones will be able to find it. It can be helpful to keep a copy of your living will in your wallet along with a card that explains what it is and how it should be used. This can help you quickly and easily refer to your wishes in the event of an emergency. You can also store a copy of your living will online or with your other estate planning documents. This will make it easier for your loved ones to find it in an emergency and know how to carry out your wishes.

Other estate planning documents you should consider

In addition to a living will, there are a few other important estate planning documents you should consider creating to ensure that your wishes are carried out after you pass away. A will is a legal document that lets you specify who will inherit your assets and who will be responsible for carrying out your final wishes after you pass away. A trust is a type of legal agreement that lets you put your assets, such as real estate, stocks, and bonds, under the control of another person or persons, such as a family member or trusted friend. A health care proxy is a document that lets you appoint someone to make medical decisions on your behalf if you are unable to do so. This can be combined with your

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