When choosing a book on living wills or advance health care directives, keep in mind you will need to complete end-of-life planning documents that comply with the unique laws of the state where you are domiciled. If possible, choose a living will book that discusses forms approved for use in your state.One of the best books to guide you in the preparation of your health care directives is Planning for Uncertainty: Living Wills and Other Advance Directives for You and Your Family by David John Doukas, M.D. and William Reichel, M.D.
Make a Living Will
To learn about making a living will and appointing an agent for health care as part of your estate plan, as well as issues such as right to die, euthanasia, and how to make a do not resuscitate order, go to living wills.If you have questions about how your medical directives will affect the type of health care or medical treatment you receive in the future, consult your primary care physician or other health care provider. To find information on making a living will and health care power of attorney in your state, visit our
medical decision laws page.
If you have reviewed information on making a living will and appointing an agent for health care and are ready to print and sign these documents, one option is to use
estate planning software. Before executing any legal document as part of your estate plan, consult an attorney licensed in your state. Contact your health care providers for information on how to put your health care directive documents on file with them.