Oklahoma living will

Why an Oklahoma living will is a necessity for your family

Have you ever wondered how to keep your family from ending up in a Terri Schiavo type of tragedy?

If you recall from the early part of this century, there was a huge legal battle in Florida over whether a poor woman named Terri Schaivo would be kept alive through artificial means (feeding tube) or allowed to pass away.  

Her husband, who was estranged from her family wanted her to pass away, her family wanted her to remain alive through artificial means.  The result was 10 years of litigation, $100,000.00 of dollars in legal fees and unmeasurable pain for the family.  A court ultimately decided Ms. Schaivo should be allowed to pass away.

There is a way to prevent this type of battle.  In Oklahoma, it is done through an Advance Directive (living will).  This document allows you make decisions about how your end-of-life are is handled and appoint a person you trust to help the doctors carry out your decisions.  Most other states have the same type of living will provisions.

If the living will is done properly, the doctors, hospital and family are required to follow it:

A physician or other health care provider who is furnished the original or a photocopy of the advance directive shall make it a part of the declarant’s medical record and, if unwilling to comply with the advance directive, promptly so advise the declarant.

If you have questions about an Oklahoma living will, please feel free to contact me and to find out more about estate planning listen to my podcast “Estate Planning Demystified“.


Oklahoma Estate Planning

Posted by Shawn Roberts in Oklahoma Estate Planning