Although most people don't like to think about death and dying, there are certain decisions that need to be put in writing before an individual dies or becomes incapacitated. A living will and last will and testament are advanced directives everyone needs to consider.
A living will establishes your right to not be placed on a respirator or an intravenous feeding tube. This document directs doctors and loved ones to discontinue life-sustaining measures.
A last will and testament is used to document a person's intentions for the distribution of assets to beneficiaries.
Search the Internet for free legal forms. There are several web sites that offer free downloads. Just type "free legal forms" into a search engine.
Try your local office supply store. If the forms aren't there in hard copy, the store probably will have software to help you generate forms. Stores usually have copy and print centers if you need to make copies of your documents.
Make an appointment with an attorney. It's a good idea to consult with a professional when making final arrangements. He can advise you about probate laws and issues.
Visit your local courthouse. The probate division will be able to help you obtain the correct forms. People who work in this office can also assist in filing any necessary paperwork with your clerk of court.
Stop by your local library. Some legal forms are available there. If you don't have Internet access at home, you can use a computer at the library to search for your forms.
- As with any legal documents, have your papers looked over by an attorney. He will know if your papers need to be notarized or filed with a court of law.