Thursday, November 19, 2015

Advanced Directives And Living Wills In Nebraska (part 1 of 2)

Like in any other state in the United States, advanced directives and living wills in Nebraska are regulated by state laws. In order for you to make one for your future health care, you must not be younger than 19 years old. If in case you are, then you must either be married or divorced. Needless to say, you also need to be of sound mind when drawing up a living will.

In essence, a living will is a written statement expressing the type of treatment you wish to accept or refuse in case you're diagnosed with a terminal condition or fall into a permanent vegetative state. For instance, the document may contain explicit instructions about your lack of interest in receiving tube feedings or other life-support measures.

On the contrary, it may also convey your wishes to get all the possible interventions necessary to keep you alive – even if it means artificially.

Nebraska doesn’t specifically have a law concerning Advanced Directives or Living Wills. Nevertheless, the state holds a statute on Health Care Power of Attorney. Under this ruling, a person may appoint an "attorney-in-fact" who may formulate health care decisions on his or her behalf should he or she become incapacitated or ineligible to make informed choices.

In addition, the edict enables the maker to express his or her desires with regard to treatment and compel the "attorney-in-fact" to obey these directions.

The naming of an "attorney-in-fact" should adhere to certain policies under the law of Nebraska. You will need at least two eligible witnesses or a Notary Public to observe the signing of the document.

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