An Illinois Living Will - sometimes confused with an Advance Directive - is a vital piece of paperwork that allows all patients to ensure that their wishes regarding life-sustaining medical treatment are honored by doctors and healthcare professionals working in the state of Illinois. Living Will forms are legal tools used to assure that the patient's wishes with respect to the number and quality of medical procedures are carried out in their final days or when they are incapacitated.
These forms reflect the patient's rights of consent and medical choice under conditions whereby they are no longer capable of choosing the procedures they wish to undergo for themselves. Any will is a significant legal document that should be given careful thought and discussed with the family, a physician, and care providers. It is highly recommended that a discussion of the patient's wishes occurs before any medical treatment is necessary, since the will may directly involve the patient's family or require them to assist in its implementation.
You can download a pre-made form released by the Illinois Department of Public Health in May 2012 through the link below.
An Illinois Living Will is defined by 755 ILCS 35/2(b) and regulated by 755 ILCS 35/1 (Illinois Compiled Statutes). The will must be signed by the individual (or another at the individual's direction) and witnessed by two (2) adult individuals. This document is not valid in Illinois if the patient is pregnant.