Get DNR & Advance Directives in Place – A Living Will

Senior Care Corner welcomes many guests seeking information on DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) and other advance directives. Many of these guests are either facing or planning for one of the more difficult times any of us can face, the end of life for a loved one.

Knowing that’s the case and having some understanding (from experience) of what they are facing, we can only hope we’ve helped those visitors find what they’re seeking, something to help make their situation seem even a little better.  It’s time for Senior Care Corner to try a do a little more.

In other posts on DNR and other advance directives, we recommend that readers seek advice from their attorney as one step in the process — and that recommendation continues.  We realize, though, that many seeking information online either don’t have an attorney or, like us, prefer to research and do things themselves to be sure of getting exactly what they need.  We have a solution we’d like to offer to them.

We have done our own research and looked over many online do-it-yourself legal solutions and found several that we feel would serve you well.  When it comes to something as emotionally and legally important as a Living Will, which is what the legal community commonly calls the documentation of advance directives, you need assistance you can trust.  In LegalZoom we have found assistance we feel is worthy of that trust.

Unless you have somehow escaped their television commercials, you know that LegalZoom is not a law firm but provides assistance with legal documents.  So do many other firms.  What we feel sets them apart are their track record of satisfied customers, the overwhelming majority of whom would recommend LegalZoom to friends, their satisfaction guarantee and – maybe most important when filling out critical documents – a Customer Care Center that includes the ability to speak to a live representative.  Can they answer every question you might have? Probably not, but if you have a complex situation or you’re just not sure you may just be better off consulting your own attorney.

What Can You Do at LegalZoom?

  • Research in their Law Library the process of putting a living will in place and, maybe just as importantly, how to cancel or revoke a living will if your loved one’s needs change or revised documents are prepared to designate new decisions or decision makers.
  • Prepare a Living Will, documenting your loved one’s (or your) decision using LegalZoom’s 3 step process, starting with a questionnaire that will assure a legal document that is personalized with the information that is needed when that critical time arrives.

When the time comes that you need the DNR or other advance directives that are in place for a loved one, you must be able to know that it is done right.  Regardless of where you turn or who prepares the documents for you, please be sure to take the time to be comfortable that you and other family members – and especially the loved one whose decisions are being documented – fully understand what is in place and the implications.  Hopefully that will help make a most difficult time for a family a little less so.

For more information on DNRs and advance directives, check out one of the related posts listed below.

PLEASE NOTE:  If you follow the links above and make a purchase from LegalZoom, Senior Care Corner will receive a portion of your purchase price.  It will not cost you more to do so and will help us continue to make Senior Care Corner informative and up-to-date.  Why are we telling you this?  We want to be totally upfront with you, as we know it is important to be able to trust sources of information when it comes to our loved ones.  The potential for compensation has not influenced our selection of LegalZoom as a suggested resource, as many services provide compensation with some at higher levels than LegalZoom.  In fact, we suggest you check them out even if you prefer we not receive compensation.  If so, you can follow this link or simply type their address into your web browser. 

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