Monday, May 14, 2018
People have tried to take away the stark reality of various forms of death by referring to it as "pulling the plug," but the truth is that making your last wishes known to your family or representatives is exceedingly important. Some estate planning professionals deem the Advanced Medical Directive as the most important document in any estate plan.
The most commonly referred too AMD is the living will. This document will allow you to direct that life-prolonging medical care be withheld in the case that you are terminally ill, have a short time left to live, and care will only make the dying process elongated. It does not dictate for comfort during your dying days - simply that no extraordinary measures be taken to keep you alive.
The opposite would be a life-prolonging procedure declaration. Essentially this document would articulate to your family to never pull the plug as long you are alive.
A Do Not Resuscitate comes from a doctor rather than an attorney. This document would hinder medical staff from performing CPR on you in the event that it was necessary.
See Christopher Yugo, Estate Planning: Be Prepared for End of Life Decisions, NWITimes.com, April 22, 2018.
Special thanks to Jim Hillhouse (Professional Legal Marketing (PLM, Inc.) for bringing this article to my attention.