For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Bob Cooper
(208) 334-4112

Date: November 15, 2005

Wasden Adds Information Regarding Living Wills and Advance Directives to his Website

(Boise) – Attorney General Lawrence Wasden announced today the addition of information concerning living wills to his website. The new information can be found on the Living Wills and Idaho’s Natural Death Act page.

“The addition of this information will make it easier for Idaho citizens to create a living will,” Attorney General Wasden said. “Idahoans can use this form to assist them in ensuring that their wishes concerning health care at the end of life are respected.”

The primary piece of information is the new form, which is the result of changes made to the law during the 2005 Idaho Legislative session. The new law created one form for both the living will and durable power of attorney for health care. “The new form is in a simpler format than previous versions and easier to understand,” Wasden said.

Attorney General Wasden’s website also contains a question and answer section to help individuals understand what a living will is, what it can do for them, and how to create one. It emphasizes the need for individuals to be mindful of the need to have a living will.

Wasden recognizes it is difficult to think about and discuss end of life issues. However, the only way to ensure that your desires are fulfilled if you are no longer able to communicate your wishes is through living wills. “The purpose of the living will is to make sure that Idahoans receive what Idaho legislators said is a ‘fundamental right to control the decisions relating to the rendering of their medical care,’” Wasden said.

“You should not execute a living will, or advance directive, without having first reflected upon your personal values and considered fully, the ramifications, of end of life issues,” Wasden said. “You should discuss your wishes for end of life health care with your family, physicians, clergy, and attorney.”

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