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At the Law Office of McBride & Associates our goal is to assist you in developing a complete and comprehensive estate plan for your family.
This is a difficult and challenging process which involves a detailed analysis of your situation, goals, needs and budget, “one size does not fit all.”
Proper estate planning not only puts you in charge of your future, it can also spare your loved ones a great deal of expense, delay, and frustration if you pass away or become disabled.
While nobody wants to think about death or disability, establishing an estate plan is one of the most important steps you can take to protect yourself and your loved ones. Once your estate plan is in place, you will have peace of mind knowing that you have provided for yourself and your family.
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Have you discussed with your family and friends what your wishes are regarding remaining on life support if you became hopelessly ill or severely injured?
The recent case of Terry Schiavo, a severely brain-damaged Florida-woman, whose family was embroiled in a legal battle as to whether to remove her from medical life support, has stirred the public interest this difficult subject. The competing interests of a person’s right to accept or refuse medical treatment versus the sanctity of life has fanned the flames of a national debate.
Most people find this subject uncomfortable and difficult to discuss in a meaningful way. Many people will avoid the topic completely and refuse to take any actions in advance. Yet, taking steps before you become injured or ill may be the only way you can avoid a very expensive court battle, huge medical expenses, and tremendous emotional strain on your family and friends.
Fortunately, we Oklahomans have a specific law in our state that allows a person to express, in writing, his or her wishes regarding remaining on artificial life support if that person is terminally ill or persistently unconscious. In other words, you may tell your family, friends, and health care providers if you would wish to be removed from life support, including artificial nutrition and hydration (feeding tubes).
You may download a free Advanced Directive for Health care (Living Will) courtesy of McBride & Associates, P.C. below:
1) Download the Advance Directive for Health care document by saving the file to your computer. Mac users may control-click the above link, Windows users may right-click the link, to save it.
2) Open the document using Adobe Acrobat, Acrobat Reader, or an application capable of printing a Portable Document Format (.pdf) document.
3) Print the document (five pages).
4) Carefully read each of the paragraphs of the entire document. Sign each paragraph you wish to apply to you. Do not sign any paragraphs that you don’t want to take affect.
5) Sign and date the document in the presence of two (2) witnesses and a notary public.
6) Make several photocopies of the document and present them to your family, friends, and doctor. Keep the original in a safe place that is easily accessible by your Health Care Proxy (the person you selected to make medical decisions for you).
IMPORTANT: THE INFORMATION CONTAINED HEREIN IS NOT INTENDED AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR LEGAL ADVICE. YOU MUST CONSULT WITH YOUR ATTORNEY SHOULD YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE ADVANCE DIRECTIVE FOR HEALTH CARE, YOUR ESTATE PLAN, OR OTHER LEGAL ISSUES. YOU ARE STRONGLY ADVISED TO CONSULT WITH YOUR ATTORNEY PRIOR TO SIGNING ANY LEGAL DOCUMENT.