A person obtains a living will by filling in a form that is compliant with state law regarding these wills, according to the Office of the Attorney General in Kentucky. A living will can also be prepared by a lawyer and appropriately notarized, the American Bar Association notes.
Living wills are recognized by all U.S. states and are standardized as forms according to a state's provisions for living wills and advance directives, as is the case in Ohio, where such a will must be documented using language and terms specified by the Ohio Revised Code, the Ohio State Bar Association reports. A living will is usually prepared and then signed by two witnesses who are neither related to the individual in any way nor responsible for the cost of the person's healthcare, according to the American Bar Association. The application form for a living will is available from physicians and attorneys, the Ohio State Bar Association states.
A living will is the documented legal choice of an individual regarding whether or not to be given life-sustaining treatment in the event of terminal medical conditions that prevent the person from exercising or communicating a medical choice, according to the American Bar Association.