Free printable living wills can be downloaded and printed from Rocket Lawyer. People may want a living will if they need to ensure their wishes are carried out, they face hospitalization or surgery, they want to create an estate plan, or they have been diagnosed with a terminal illness.
Do Your Own Will also has free living will templates that are available for printing, according to the company website. Users can download a living will template as it conforms to their own state regulations. The will, also known as an advance directive for health care, can be downloaded in a Word format or a PDF format.
Living wills should consist of any wishes that an individual has for his medical care, says Nolo. This information may include whether or not the individual wishes to receive life-prolonging medical care such as blood transfusions, diagnostic testing, CPR, the administration of medication, surgery or the use of a respirator. Some individuals choose to include whether or not they want food and water given intravenously, or if they want care that helps reduce pain.
Once a living will has been created and signed, the individual should provide a copy of the will to his medical care provider, his family members and his lawyer, states Nolo.