A Clearwater estate planning lawyer may discuss several estate planning documents with you, including a Do Not Resuscitate Order (“DNR”). When planning for issues that can arise at the end of one’s life, a DNR can be easily overlooked, since it is not prepared by your attorney, but rather is on an official Department of Health form. However, a Clearwater estate planning lawyer can discuss this vital document with you when you are in the process of preparing your estate plan.
A Do Not Resuscitate Order tells emergency medical personnel not to attempt to resuscitate you in the event of cardiac or respiratory arrest. Without that Order, medical personnel must attempt resuscitation even if your Living Will or Health Care agent states otherwise. Thus, when preparing your estate plan, you should discuss the need for a Do Not Resuscitate Order with your Clearwater estate law attorney for a more complete understanding of your estate plan options. It is important to note that a DNR must be signed by you (or your guardian/health care agent if you are already incapacitated) and by your doctor. Thus, while it may coincide with your Living Will and other documents prepared by your estate planning attorney, the Do Not Resuscitate Order is more specifically designed to take your existing health and medical condition into consideration and should be executed only after thorough discussion with your physician. You can prepare other estate planning documents while you are healthy, but you may not wish to execute a DNR until you have been diagnosed with a terminal illness.
Contact a Clearwater Estate Planning Lawyer
To learn more about Do Not Resuscitate Order and to find out what other key elements you should consider in estate planning, contact an experienced Clearwater estate planning lawyer at Coleman Law Firm. Call us today at (727) 461-7474.