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Massachusetts Law About Health Care Proxies and Living Wills

Massachusetts Laws

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Health Care Proxy and Living Will Forms

Other Web Sources

Central Massachusetts Partnership to Improve Care at the End of Life. Site includes decision-making guides, forms and more.

Consumer's Tool Kit for Health Care Advance Planning, American Bar Association. "To help you in this process, this tool kit contains a variety of self-help worksheets, suggestions, and resources. There are 10 tools in all, each clearly labeled and user-friendly. The tool kit does not create a formal advance directive for you. Instead, it helps you do the much harder job of discovering, clarifying, and communicating what is important to you in the face of serious illness."

Giving Someone a Power of Attorney for Your Health Care, American Bar Association, 2011. "The form in this guide is a simple version of a Health Care Advance Directive. It allows you to choose someone to make health care decisions for you if you can’t. If you name a health care agent when you are healthy, you will make sure that someone you trust can make health care decisions for you if you become too ill or injured to make them yourself."

Health Care Proxies and End of Life Care, Mass. Medical Society. Includes information on health care proxies, living wills, hospice and more.

Ten Things You Should Know About Health Care Proxies and Living Wills, The Forum for Massachusetts Law. Provides basic guidance in ensuring that your health care proxy complies with legal requirements and adequately protects your wishes.

Print Sources

Consent to Treatment: A Practical Guide. 4th ed. Fay Rozovsky. Aspen, loose-leaf.

Elder Law Basics. Massachusetts Bar Institute, 2008.

Estate Planning for the Aging or Incapacitated Client in Massachusetts . MCLE, loose-leaf. vol. 1.

How to Write Your Own Living Will. 4th ed. Edward Haman. Sphinx Pub., 2004.

"Living Wills: Validity, Construction and Effect," 49 ALR4th 812.

Massachusetts Practice vol.23 (Estate Planning), 3d ed. West Group, 2007 with supplement, chap 3 & 4.

"Patient's Right to Refuse Treatment Allegedly Necessary to Sustain Life," 93 ALR 3d 67.

"Propriety of, and Liability Related to, Issuance or Enforcement of Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) Orders," 46 ALR 5th 793.

The Right to Die, 3d ed., by Alan Meisel. 2 vols. Aspen, loose-leaf.