Thursday, November 19, 2015

The Basic Details About Kentucky Living Wills (part 1 of 2)

A living will basically makes it possible for any person to put his or her health care decisions in writing even if the hospitalization has not occurred yet.

It essentially takes effect as soon as the creator has become too ill or incapacitated to make a rational choice about medical treatment. If you happen to live in the state of Kentucky, then you would definitely need to familiarize yourself with the laws that govern Kentucky living wills.

The Kentucky Living Will Directive Act of 1994 was ratified to make sure that the residents have the right to decide for their own health care, as well as to refuse or accept medications or medical procedures. This right to choose is applicable to treatments that attempt to prolong a person's life such as ventilators or feeding tubes.

If you live in the state of Kentucky, a living will can basically enable you to leave behind instructions in four crucial areas. You may choose to designate a health care surrogate (patient advocate), request or refuse life-support measures, request or refuse artificial hydration or feeding, and/or convey your wishes with regard to organ or tissue donation.

Any person who is 18 years old and above is fit and qualified to draw up his or her own living will. However, the effectiveness of this legally binding document is normally put on hold during pregnancy.

You don’t necessarily need to have a lawyer to draft a living will. As a matter of fact, the Kentucky Law specifies which form you have to fill out. The only time that you would actually need an attorney is when you have to make some changes to your previous living will.

The state law also forbids family members, heirs, guardians, or health care providers from acting as witnesses to the signing of the document. In lieu of eligible observers, you may request the presence of a Notary Public.

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