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FindLaw’s team of attorneys has developed health care directive and living will forms that help you create a legal document tailored to Louisiana law. Just follow our step-by-step process and feel at ease knowing you are in control of your medical care no matter what happens.
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The Benefits of Having a Louisiana Health Care Directive and Living Will
A health care directive and living will specifies your wishes for end-of-life care and life-sustaining treatment. It prevents confusion, puts your family at ease, and directs your health care team. FindLaw’s quick and easy process allows you to create a finished document in accordance with Louisiana law in under an hour.
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Decide who will be your health care agent/proxy and which medical treatments you would request or refuse.
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Print, Sign & Make It Legal
Print and sign your document according to the instructions. Give a copy to your doctors and agent/proxy.
What’s Next To Make My Louisiana Health Care Directive and Living Will Valid?
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Choose your agent.
Choosing your health care agent or health care proxy is a crucial decision you must make before finalizing your health care directive and living will. You should choose a person who is trustworthy and decisive. They must be comfortable strictly adhering to the wishes you express in your health care directive and living will.
You should also consider choosing an alternate agent should your primary agent be unable or unwilling to perform the duties that you have requested. An alternate agent should also be trustworthy, decisive, and a good advocate.
State your medical treatment preferences.
The purpose of drafting a health care directive and living will is to make crucial health care decisions for yourself while you are mentally and physically able to do so. You should have a health care directive and living will so that if the time comes when you cannot speak for yourself, your loved ones and health care provider will already know what to do.
Some medical treatment preferences that you may want to consider when completing your living will include:
- Use or withdrawal of life support treatment
- The use of comfort care
- What, if any, surgical treatment you desire
- Use of cardio-pulmonary resuscitation
- Life-sustaining procedures
- The use of aggressive treatments
In Louisiana, a health care directive and living will must be signed by the principal (you) and two witnesses who certify that they saw you sign it. The document does not have to be notarized.
You May Want to Speak With a Lawyer if:
- Your family disagrees with your medical choices
- You don’t know who to appoint as your agent
- You have questions about life prolonging measures
- You want legal review of your completed document
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Louisiana Health Care Directive and Living Will FAQs
A health care directive and living will is a legal document that allows you to state with certainty what life-sustaining procedures you desire. Suppose you are temporarily or permanently unconscious and cannot express your wishes. In that case, a health care directive and living will goes into effect. This document speaks for you when you are unable to speak for yourself.
In Louisiana, an advance directive document must be:
- Signed by a declarant who is over the age of 18
- Signed by two witnesses that viewed the declarant’s signature
Adults can also make valid oral or nonverbal declarations so long as the declarations were made:
- In the presence of two witnesses
- By any nonwritten means of communication
- Subsequent to a diagnosis of a terminal and irreversible condition
Every person 18 years or older should have a health care directive and living will. Also known as a health care advance directive, this document is an essential part of health care planning and your larger estate plan. FindLaw’s do-it-yourself options help you complete this important legal document in the comfort of your own home quickly and inexpensively.
A living will is a legal document that states your medical treatment preferences for end-of-life care.
A durable power of attorney is a legal document that appoints a person to take care of various affairs of the declarant. The types of affairs that the durable power of attorney covers may include financial, the right to enter into contracts, and health care decisions.
Louisiana state law does not require you to hire an attorney to complete a legally valid health care directive and living will. FindLaw’s simple, step-by-step process will provide you with all of the information you need to create your own.
FindLaw is not a law firm, and the forms are not a substitute for the advice or services of an attorney. Some people do prefer to have an attorney review or help create a health care directive and living will. This can be beneficial if you anticipate disagreement from family members, for example, or if you have other concerns or questions.
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