A Complete Guide to Making a Living Will in Wisconsin

Advance Health Care Directive A Complete Guide to Making a Living Will in Wisconsin

How To Make a Living Will in Wisconsin

The easiest way to ensure that your wishes regarding medical treatments will be respected even when you can’t communicate them is to create a living will. Putting your beliefs and values on paper will help guide your health care providers and let you have peace of mind.

Regulations about making this document differ across the U.S., so you need to check and abide by your local laws.

In this article, we’ll show you how you can create a living will in Wisconsin in minutes using DoNotPay once you sign up.

Advance Directive in Wisconsin Explained

In Wisconsin, there are two health care directives you can create based on your needs and requirements. Consult the table below for more information:

Advance Directive TypeBrief Explanation
Power of attorney for health care
Living will
  • Used to state your wishes regarding medical treatments
  • Does not require you to appoint an agent

Why Do You Need a Living Will?

The point of making a living will is to leave clear instructions on how you wish to be treated in situations when you can no longer communicate. You should let your health care providers know what your preferences are regarding feeding tubes and life-sustaining procedures.

A living will is used when you:

  1. Have a terminal condition
  2. Are in a persistent vegetative state

When Does a Living Will Go Into Effect?

Your living will becomes effective when your physician and one other doctor certify in writing that you can no longer make health care decisions because you have a terminal condition or are permanently unconscious.

How To Make a Living Will in Wisconsin Enforceable

To make your living will legal in Wisconsin, you must sign it in front of two witnesses. These individuals cannot be:

  • Under 18
  • Related to you by blood, marriage, or adoption
  • Directly financially responsible for your health care
  • Entitled to any portion of your estate
  • A health care provider who is treating you or their employee

Ways To Draw Up a Living Will in Wisconsin

You can create a living will in Wisconsin in a few ways, but you should consider the cost and the end result. Take a look at the table below for more information:

Create a Living Will ByBenefitsDownsides
Hiring a lawyerYou will get a well-written documentIt is the most expensive option
Downloading a living will formIt is a cheaper option than hiring a lawyerForms are generic and won’t help you much without sufficient legal knowledge
Using DoNotPayYou will save money and get an airtight legal document/

Create a Living Will in Wisconsin the Easy Way—Using DoNotPay

If you don’t want to risk making this advance directive invalid by customizing online forms, you should let DoNotPay help. Our app will make a legal document for you in accordance with Wisconsin state laws and save you time and money.

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Sign up for DoNotPay
  2. Find our Advance Health Care Directive product
  3. Enter the relevant medical information (your hospital, doctor, etc.)
  4. Type in the names of witnesses who will see you sign the document

What Should You Do After Making a Living Will?

Once you have the legal document in your possessions, you should:

  • Keep the original living will in a safe, easily accessible place until required
  • Let your friends and family know that you have signed the document and where it’s located
  • Give a copy of the signed form to your physician, physician’s assistant, or advanced practice registered nurse

You also have the option of putting your living will for safekeeping with the Register

in Probate of your county for a fee of $8.

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