Date: 12/28/21

Author: Attorney Andrew J. Mertzenich 

Explaining Living Wills

To begin, in simple terms, a living will can be defined as a person’s “end of life” wishes. To clarify, this document expresses the “will’ or ‘intent’ a person wants when they are no longer able to make decisions on their own. Though they are often called “living wills” they are not technically a will. That being said, states still so recognize the authority that comes along with a living will.

Illinois Living Will Act

“Individual may execute document directing that if they are suffering from a terminal condition and no longer able to participate actively in decisions about himself, then death-delaying procedure shall not be utilized for the prolongation of his life. These procedures include any which serve to postpone the moment of death and specifically include, but are not limited to, assisted ventilation, artificial kidney treatment, intravenous feeding/medication, blood transfusions and tube feedings, but does not include procedures providing for patient’s comfort care or alleviation of pain.” -findlaw

Living Will Requirements

First and foremost, when crafting your living will, it is required to have two witnesses 18 years or older there. in addition, you should inform your doctor or physician about what is taking place.

Making Changes to Your Living Will

Above all, you are allowed to change your declaration whenever you feel it necessary. Firstly, you may request the change in writing. Secondly, you can request a change verbally. To clarify, here you need a witness there to write down and validate your wishes. Lastly, you can simply destroy the agreed upon declaration, and in turn make it void.