Wants, Wishes, and Wills: A Medical and Legal Guide to Protecting Yourself and Your Family in Sickness and in Health

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A terminal diagnosis... a life-threatening disease... recognition of one's own mortality... or simply planning ahead. All of these lead individuals to contemplate difficult end-of-life decisions. But, when they do, they find themselves confused, desperately seeking guidance: about living wills, health care proxies, and their own care, wishes, and affairs. Dr. Shawn D. Glisson and Wynne A. Whitman help people face these issues every day -- Glisson as a respected oncologist, Whitman as an experienced estate lawyer. Now, they've come together to give readers all the tools they need to make the best decisions for themselves and their families. Glisson and Whitman help you answer questions like: How can I make sure I get the best possible care to fight my disease? How do I choose a health care representative to make decisions in light of continuing medical advances? How do I prepare a living will that accurately expresses my views on dying? How do I decide which care regimen is right for me? Will alternative therapies help me? What do I need to know about hospice care? Should I donate my organs, and if so, how? How do I communicate my wishes regarding my possessions? What's the best way to plan my estate and minimize my taxes? Above all, how do I make sure my wishes are followed? This book doesn't offer "one size fits all" answers. It provides the compassionate, up-to-date, plain-English guidance you need to decide for yourself... and stay in control of your life.

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Take Control of Your Medical Care, Your Estate Planning, and the Legacy You Leave

 

Includes checklists, examples, definitions, ideas, and a plain- English glossary of the terms you need to understand

 

“Whether you are single, married, old, young, parent, or child, this book will be useful. The authors' combination of medical and legal expertise make this an exceptionally comprehensive guide for thinking through important health, end-of-life, and estate planning issues that we all face. It certainly helped me open a dialogue with my family and spurred me to take control of my own wants, wishes, and wills.”

-Cynthia J. Smith, Lecturer, Ohio State University, Fisher College of Business and Department of Anthropology

 

“Over many years of helping patients and families deal with the end of their lives, I am always struck by how hard it is to face that inevitable event. Thinking straight when you can makes sense.Wants, Wishes, and Wills can help you do it now. Tomorrow is already here.”

-Deborah Y. Kamin, PhD, Senior Director of Cancer Policy and Clinical Affairs,American Society of Clinical Oncology

 

Wants, Wishes, and Willsis a ‘must read' for anyone needing to access the U.S. health care system.”

-Vickie Yates Brown, President-Elect (2007-2008), American Bar Association Health Law Section

 

“As you read the sound advice from Wynne Whitman and Dr. Shawn Glisson, think about your own life circumstances. Think about your family, friends-and yourself. Remember that thinking about its end may be the most eloquent way to celebrate your life.”

-from the foreword by Dr. Joseph S. Bailes,M.D., Medical Oncologist, Co-Chair, Government Relations Council, American Society of Clinical Oncology

 

A terminal diagnosis...a life-threatening disease... recognition of one's own mortality...or simply planning ahead. These all lead individuals to contemplate difficult end-of-life decisions. But when they do, they find themselves confused, desperately seeking guidance: about Living Wills, about health care proxies, about their own care, wishes, and affairs. Dr. Shawn D. Glisson and Wynne A.Whitman, Esq., help people face these issues every day- Glisson as a respected oncologist,Whitman as an experienced estate lawyer. Now, they've come together to give readers all the tools they need to make the best decisions for themselves and their families. The authors provide compassionate, up-to-date, plain-English guidance you need to decide for yourself and stay in control of your life.

  • Understand your choices and take control of them
    Know your options and make sure your decisions are respected
  • Know the law-before it's too late
    Understand directives, health care proxies, Living Wills, and powers of attorney

The authors answer questions such as:

  • How can I make sure I get the best possible care to fight my disease?
  • How do I prepare a Living Will that accurately expresses my views?
  • Will alternative therapies help me?
  • What should I know about hospice?
  • What's the best way to plan my estate and minimize my taxes?
  • Above all, how do I make sure my wishes are followed?

Foreword

Introduction

Section I    The Wants, Wishes, and Wills of Your Health and MedicalSituation

Chapter 1        Health and Medical Wants: Your Personal Health Care System  3

Chapter 2        Health and Medical Wishes: Providers, Facilities, and Programs 11

Chapter 3        Health and Medical Wills: Your Medical Conditions  33

Section II    The Wants, Wishes, and Wills of Your Personal Situation

Chapter 4        Personal Wants: Doctors and Dialogue  43

Chapter 5        Personal Wishes: Screening and Counseling  51

Chapter 6        Personal Wills: Drugs, Diets, and Devices  63

Section III    The Wants, Wishes, and Wills of Your Medical-Legal Affairs

Chapter 7        Medical-Legal Wants: Understanding Interventions  83

Chapter 8        Medical-Legal Wishes: Defining Capacity, Consciousness, and Contingencies  95

Chapter 9        Medical-Legal Wills: Directives, Definitions, and Discussions  111

Section IV    The Wants, Wishes, and Wills of Your Selfless Contributions

Chapter 10      Selfless Contribution Wants: Donating Time, Tissue, and Treatment Data  137

Chapter 11      Selfless Contribution Wishes: Individual Purpose, Production, and Protection  145

Chapter 12      Selfless Contribution Wills: Donation Requirements, Responsibilities, and Rights  153

Section V    The Wants, Wishes, and Wills of Your Estate Planning

Chapter 13      Estate Planning Wants: Purpose, Preparation, and Protection  161

Chapter 14      Estate Planning Wishes: Caring for Family, Friends, and Foundations  181

Chapter 15      Estate Planning Wills: Testaments, Trusts, and Other Tools  193

Section VI    The Wants, Wishes, and Wills of Your Legacy

Chapter 16      Legacy Wants: Providing Ideas, Intentions, and Instructions  219

Chapter 17      Legacy Wishes: Assisting Family, Friends, and Future Generations to Remember  233

Chapter 18      Legacy Wills: Your Safety, Your Rights, and Your Records  241

Conclusion  255

Additional Resources 261

Glossary  265

Index  279

 

About the Author:

Wynne A. Whitman, Esq.,is a Partner in the Tax, Trusts, and Estates Department at Schenck, Price, Smith and King, LLP, where she specializes in estate planning and administration and other tax-related issues. She has been quoted in more than two dozen print and Web publications, ranging from Men’s Health andMore Magazine to CBSMarketwatch.com and CNN Financial. Ms.Whitman advises individuals and families on ordering their legal affairs to ensure their wants and wishes are carried out and their loved ones cared for. She has worked extensively with families, including many 9/11 victims, as they tried to put the pieces together after the death of a loved one who failed to organize his or her affairs.

 

Shawn D. Glisson, M.D., F.A.C.P., is a leading oncologist and hematologist who specializes in providing the most current options to patients with tragic prognoses. He is a partner at the Kentuckiana Cancer Institute; President and CEO of KlÍron Technology Corporation; President and Chairman of The American Cancer Biorepository, Inc., a charitable cancer research organization; and Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of Louisville. Dr. Glisson is also a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Reserve Medical Corps and formerly was a trained minister for the churches of Christ.

 

In their respective professions, Ms. Whitman and  Dr. Glisson address life-and-death issues with their clients and patients every day. This book shares their collective first-hand experiences and knowledge to guide individuals in both sickness and in health.

 

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