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Louisiana Living Will Requirements

Posted on: May 31st, 2024 by EOS Healthcare Marketing

Understanding the importance and requirements of a living will ensure your medical wishes are respected and followed. The state of Louisana has specific requirements in place for end-of-life planning, but My Living Wishes is here to assist you.

Overview of a Living Will

A living will, also known as an advance directive, is a legal document that outlines your preferences for medical treatment if you become unable to communicate your decisions due to incapacity or illness. The primary purpose of a living will is to ensure that your medical care aligns with your wishes, providing clear instructions to healthcare providers and loved ones about the types of treatments you do or do not want.

Steps to Create a Living Will in Louisiana

Creating a living will in Louisiana involves several key steps:

  1. Understand Legal Requirements: In Louisiana, a living will must be in writing and signed by you in the presence of two witnesses who are not related to you or entitled to any part of your estate.
  2. Draft the Document: Clearly outline your medical treatment preferences. This can include decisions about life-sustaining treatments such as mechanical ventilation, resuscitation, and artificial nutrition and hydration.
  3. Designate a Healthcare Proxy: Although not required, you may choose to appoint a healthcare proxy (also known as a durable power of attorney for healthcare) who can make medical decisions on your behalf.
  4. Sign and Witness: Sign the document with two qualified witnesses. Ensure the witnesses also sign the document to validate it.
  5. Distribute Copies: Provide copies of your living will to your healthcare proxy, family members, primary care physician, and any relevant medical institutions.
  6. Review and Update: Periodically review and update your living will to reflect any changes in your medical preferences or personal circumstances.

Benefits of a Living Will

Having a living will offers numerous benefits, including:

Reach Out to My Living Wishes

My Living Wishes is dedicated to helping individuals create comprehensive and legally sound living wills. Our team of experienced professionals will ensure that your living will is tailored to your specific needs and complies with Louisiana laws. Schedule a time to meet with us, or reach out with any questions!