What Is a RI Living Will, and How Does It Work?
Having a living will can provide inner peace because you’ll know your wishes will be respected even when you cannot communicate them. Rules and regulations regarding the creation of this advance directive differ among the states.
In this article, DoNotPay will explain how a RI living will works and how you can make it with ease once you sign up.
A living will is a type of health care directive. This legal document is used to provide instructions for health care providers:
- For life-sustaining procedures—These are medical procedures that serve only to prolong your life as much as possible. It does not include any procedure to:
- Ensure comfort
- Provide care
- Alleviate pain
- When you have a terminal condition—A terminal condition is one that is incurable or irreversible, which will result in death in a relatively short time without life-sustaining procedures
Before making a living will, you should consult with your:
- Doctor—To understand medical procedures, their limitations, and potential side effects
- Loved ones—For support
In Rhode Island, a living will is often created together with a durable power of attorney for health care.
A durable power of attorney for health care is another type of advance directive you can create in Rhode Island. It goes by many other names, such as a medical power of attorney or a health care proxy (in some states, there is a subtle difference between them).
A health care power of attorney enables you to appoint an agent who will be in charge of making medical decisions for you.
- Your health care provider
- An employee of your health care provider
- The operator of a community care facility or their employee
The notary public and your witnesses cannot be related to you or entitled to any portion of your estate.
When making a living will, it is crucial that you respect the laws and regulations set by your state. There are a few ways to create this document in Rhode Island, but the end results and the cost will differ significantly. Take a look at the table below to see your options:
|How To Create a Living Will||Brief Explanation|
|Use a living will form||
|Hire a lawyer||
|Register for DoNotPay||
If you want to make a living will without wasting time and money, you should rely on DoNotPay. Our app provides you with a rock-solid document that protects your wishes and interests and abides by your state laws.
The process is straightforward—here is everything you need to do:
- Sign up for DoNotPay
- Choose our Advance Health Care Directive product
- Appoint your health care agent
- Decide what powers you want to transfer to your health care agent
Our app also lets you include the names of the people who will witness you signing the document.
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