Your Living Will
There are several reasons to have a free living will drawn up by a lawyer. Colorado residents can use our free living will form template from our living will attorneys to give instructions concerning when and whether medical personnel should provide artificial nourishment (i.e. a "feeding tube"), and other life sustaining procedures. A free living will from a lawyer may also contain information regarding organ donation. Your doctor must either follow the instructions set out in your living will, or hand you over to a doctor who will.
By filling out and signing our free Colorado living will form template you can instruct your physician to withhold or halt life support if:
- You are terminally ill, with no chance of recovery
- You have been in a coma, unconscious, or in a persistent vegetative state for a specified length of time (no less than 48 hours)
- You are unable to make your own health care decisions
- You are unable to communicate
Your free living will from an attorney may also instruct health care personnel to remove a feeding tube or other artificial nourishment if it is the only care being provided. Enough care and nourishment will be provided to prevent you from experiencing pain. Using our template for a free Colorado living will form, you can instruct your doctor to remove artificial nourishment immediately, or after a certain period of time set out in your free living will drafted by your attorney, or you can specify that you never want nourishment withheld.
Who can be the executor of a living will?
Nearly anybody over the age of 18, who is mentally competent, can be the executor of a living will. Some exceptions follow. The person you choose to execute your living will cannot be:
- Your health care provider
- An employee of your health care provider
- Anyone you owe money to
- Any person that has reason to believe they may be entitled to your estate after your death
Your living will lawyer will also let you know that signing of your living will must be witnessed by two people. None of the above people are eligible to be your witnesses. If you are unable to sign your will, you may direct someone to sign it on your behalf through an attorney.
Your lawyer will also let you know that you can destroy and invalidate your living will at any time, should you change your mind. This can be done by physically destroying the document, by revoking it in writing, or by telling anyone that you wish to invalidate it. If you destroy a living will, you should inform your family, your doctor, and anyone who has a copy, like your attorney.