A Nebraska 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 Nebraska. 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.
A Nebraska Living Will is defined by Chapter 20 Section 404 (Declaration Relating to Use of Life-Sustaining Treatment) of the Nebraska Revised Statutes. The document must be witnessed by two (2) legal adults or a notary public.
A Living Will is a legal form that lets all participating parties know about the kind of medical care and palliative care a patient wishes to receive. When creating a will, the individual will be deciding on the types of care that they are willing to receive and the types of medical care they will not be receiving. For example, some people choose to not be resuscitated if they stop breathing while in a coma, while others choose to remain on life support.
An individual can print out a basic Living Will template with or without the assistance of an attorney. The document may be revoked in writing or orally, by either the patient (the person making the will) or by a designated proxy (the person elected to make healthcare-related decisions for the patient).
A basic Living Will can be completed without a lawyer or an attorney. In order to create a will in Nebraska, an individual must be competent, be wanting to complete all paperwork voluntarily and sign the document.
The will can be either very broad or very specific in nature according to the wishes of the patient. It is basically the patient's declaration - a written statement of what they want to occur in the event of a serious accident or illness. It is primarily directed to the medical personnel and focuses on the type of care the patient wishes to have or wishes not to have, under situations of terminal illness or incapacitation.