NOTE: This information is provided to make you generally aware of Rhode Island law about living wills and is not intended as legal advice for your particular situation. For legal advice about living wills or your health care rights, you should consult with an attorney.
A living will is a written document instructing your physician of your wishes for the withholding or withdrawing of life-sustaining procedures in the event of a terminal condition.
It will uphold these wishes only in situations where your condition is diagnosed as terminal and where you are unable to make or communicate decisions. A terminal condition is one that is incurable or irreversible and which, without the administration of life-sustaining procedures, will result in death in a relatively short time.
A life-sustaining procedure is any medical procedure that serves only to prolong the dying process. It does not include any procedure considered necessary by your attending physician to provide comfort, care, or alleviate pain.
A living will does not have to be executed on any standard form and may include any specific instructions you choose. However, to be valid, your living will must be signed and dated by you as well as by two witnesses who:
You may choose the form on this site or any other which provides the same information.
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