Flowood, MS (PressExposure) January 24, 2012 -- In the aftermath of the latest Florida GOP Primary debate, U.S. Legal Forms is highlighting its selection of state-specific Living Wills and Advance Health Care Directives. Republican candidates for President discussed the case of Terri Schiavo, the Florida woman who spent years in a vegetative state while relatives fought in court over whether life support should be removed.
Intense media scrutiny accompanied the last stages of the legal battle, which riveted the nation in early 2005. Schiavo passed away in February of that year, her husband finally having won the court battle in which he had insisted she would not have wanted to maintain life support without hope of recovery.
At that time, U.S. Legal Forms published extensive information regarding living wills and health care directives on its website. An detailed overview and FAQ on the topic can be found at the site's home for living wills (http://www.uslegalforms.com/livingwills/). The company's state-specific forms may be purchased online.
U.S. Legal Forms CEO, attorney Frank Edens, said:
"The Republican debate's revisiting of the Schiavo case will cause an uptick in interest in Living Wills. Our site is a great resource for people to learn more about an issue they probably haven't thought much about, but should. No one wants their loved ones suffering through court battles in such a situation, but sometimes people discover that their personal wishes were not recorded in the required format necessary to hold up in court. People need to go the extra mile to make sure they are getting a valid form. If you have questions about Living Wills for your particular situation, you should consider consulting an attorney to draft or review your form."
Although the term living will may sound like a last will, it doesn't have anything to do with how to avoid probate of your estate or distribution of your assets to heirs. Therefore, don't let the title of an advance healthcare directive form fool you. Originally, an advance directive form was only used to express your wishes regarding healthcare decisions when you are permanently unconscious or have a terminal illness.
Later, what are sometimes referred to as second generation advance directives or third generation advance directives, were developed to allow a person to appoint another in advance to act as their healthcare agent when he or she is incapacitated. It is intended to provide instructions for others to make medical care decisions for you when you are no longer able to make medical decisions for yourself. A healthcare agent, sometimes called a health care proxy, patient advocate, surrogate, or health care representative, may also be appointed in advance to make medical care decisions when you are not able to make decisions and healthcare choices for yourself.
For more information contact:
Frank Edens, Esq.
CEO, U.S. Legal Forms, Inc.
(601) 896-0180 ext. 107