A Living Will is document that outlines an individual’s wishes concerning medical treatment should that person become physically or mentally incapable of making those decisions. If you’ve been admitted to a hospital, you have likely been asked by one of your many health care providers if you have a Living Will. Thinking about us or our loved ones in a medical situation that requires the “difficult decisions” is not easy. For this reason, the attorneys at Eagle Law Offices, P.S. advise everyone have a Living Will. This will remove any doubt as to your wishes concerning:

  • Life support
  • Hydration
  • Medication
  • Feeding

In Washington State, the Living Will (advanced directive) is used only if:

  1.  You have a terminal illness, and it has been determined that treatment will only prolong the dying process.
  2. You are in an irreversible coma, with no reasonable hope of recovery

In a medical emergency, there may not be time to determine whether you have an advanced directive. In such cases, your treating physician(s) will determine if such decisions should be made. To assure that your wishes are known, Eagle Law Offices, P.S. will distribute your Living Will to the necessary parties, including but not necessarily limited to:

  • Family Physician
  • Hospital
  • Family Members responsible for your health care

By having a Living Will, you will remove the stress from family members when the time comes to make those life and death decisions. The document will allow you to die with dignity if that is your wish; or to continue living in hopes of a cure. Either way, there will be no question, no debate and no choice as to what you wish.

For more information about a Living Will and assistance in this matter, please contact Eagle Law Offices, P.S. at 206-426-6961.