Nebraska Living Will (Declaration)

Last Updated: 11/23/2015

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The most important part of estate planning is having a plan, whether that plan is for your assets or your health. For example, deciding whether you would like life-sustaining measures at the end of your life - a time that would already be stressful - could be wearisome or even impossible for you and your loved ones. An advance health directive, also known as a living will, is a document that helps you make some of the most difficult plans of all at a time that is right for you.

The Nebraska Advance Health Directive allows you to indicate whether you would like any life-sustaining procedures, including feeding tubes, to be used to prolong your life artificially, whether you have a terminal condition or are in a persistent vegetative state. In either case, two physicians would have to determine your physical condition before any action could be taken.

You may also decide where you would like to receive full medical care - at home, in a hospital or in a nursing home. You may also indicate if you preferred in-home or in-hospital hospice care.

Because this is a customizable document, you can add any special provisions or limitations regarding your end-of-life care. You may also want to make your wishes regarding organ donation known by attaching an Organ Donation Statement. Note that an advance health directive only takes effect once you are no longer able to make or communicate your own decisions about your health care. Until that time, you may speak for yourself.

The state of Nebraska requires that your advance health directive be signed by either two adult witnesses or a notary public. You will also want to share this document with your attending physician. Once it is signed, you may upload your Nebraska Advance Health Directive to your ezEstatePlanner Vault, a secure location designed to safely and conveniently store all of your estate planning documents and other important papers. You or your Keeper, a trusted individual you choose, may access your personal vault at any time.

For more information about living wills, read our article “How is a Living Will Different from a Living Trust?”

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