Usually, people are advised to just get the form from the health-care facility that they are being treated in since they would have the standard Advance Directive Form that the state prescribes. All in all, it is safe, for people if they want to be extra careful to use the advance directive form drafted by the American Medical Association in conjunction with the American Association of Retired Persons and the American Bar Association. This form is a legally-binding documents in all states.
The Form must also be filled in with at least two witnesses present. These witnesses must also satisfy specific requirements, which I should comply with. Healthcare staffs are well-versed in these areas so anybody in my position can expect help from them.
In addition all of the entries therein must be comprehensively and correctly filled in. This is the reason why it is important to employ the help of an attorney to determine this “completeness.” An error in the document can be used as a legal ground to dispute my state of mind when the Form was completed and, hence, invite legal disputes later on.
Living will and a health care power of attorney are two types of advance directives. The former is defined as the “document whose purpose is to specify the person’s end-of-life care instruction” and that “whether that end-of-life directive also includes the appointment of a health care proxy in a combination form will be specified in each reference.” (Cebuhar 2006, p. 43) The health care power-of-attorney, on the other hand, refers to the permission of the conveyance to the agent or proxy of one’s powers to make health care decisions upon loss of decision-making capacity and that it “can be used to request or refuse treatment, giving this legal instrument greater scope and power than the living will in most jurisdictions.” (Gallo and Reichel 1999, p. 816)
Living will is important for me as a patient because it expresses my wishes on the future whether I