Final Five Wishes Consultation Services
Let your family and doctors know:
- Who you want to make health care decisions for you when you can't make them.
- The kind of medical treatment you want or don't want.
- How comfortable you want to be.
- How you want people to treat you.
- What you want your loved ones to know.
Why should I fill out Final Five Wishes?
Without an advance directive like Final Five Wishes, you may have no control over important medical care decisions that will be made if you ever get seriously ill – such as whether to give you life-support treatment or aggressively treat your pain. You may think that your loved ones and doctors will automatically know what you want when you are very ill, but too often that is not the case. Put it in writing and be sure. Keep in mind also that completing Five Wishes is a gift to your loved ones so they are not left to guess what you would have wanted.
What makes Final Five Wishes different from other advance directives and living wills?
Final Five Wishes is the only advance directive/living will that speaks to all a person’s concerns, not just the medical and legal ones. Matters of comfort, dignity, pain management, personal and spiritual issues, family reconciliation and memorial matters are all addressed. It’s also easy to use and understand. It meets the legal requirements and has been called the closest thing available to a national advance directive.
When do I need to use Final Five Wishes?
If you are over age 18, you should complete Final Five Wishes now. If you are married, you and your spouse each need to fill out your own Final Five Wishes. Even if you are young or in good health, you never know when an accident or sudden illness can impair your ability to communicate your wishes.
When does Final Five Wishes take effect?
Final Five Wishes only takes effect when you are too ill to communicate your wishes directly.
Is Final Five Wishes a legal document?
Yes. It was written with the help of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Law & Aging. It is legally valid under the advance directive statutes in most sates. Just follow the directions when you sign it.
What if I don’t live in a Final Five Wishes state?
Follow the law that applies in your state. Many people complete their Final Five Wishes and then attach it to the forms some states require.
Does filling out Final Five Wishes guarantee that my wishes will be followed?
Your doctor is required to follow your wishes according to the laws of your state. Each state has its own rules and conditions that a doctor must observe, and so your doctor has the final word on when your living will takes effect. Discuss your wishes with your doctor after giving him a copy of your Final Five Wishes for the medical record.
It’s wise to pick a health care agent you trust and who will stand up for you.
What if I fill out Final Five Wishes and later change my mind?
When you make changes, be sure to inform your health care agent, family, friends and doctor. Destroy all out-of-date copies of the document and distribute copies of your new Five Wishes. Many review their Final Five Wishes annually and make any changes then.
Do I have to have my Final Five Wishes notarized?
Not unless you live in one of the few states that is listed in the notarization section of Final Five Wishes. Simply follow the directions on the signature page and you’ll be okay.
Will my Final Five Wishes be honored wherever I go?If you travel a lot, take a copy of your Final Five Wishes with you in case you become seriously ill. Final Five Wishes meets the legal requirements in 42 states and is useful in all 50 states. Federal and most state laws are designed to honor your wishes no matter how you express them.
May I copy Final Five Wishes?
If you wish to copy the blank document and then fill it out, no. If you wish to copy your completed, signed and witnessed Final Five Wishes, yes. Final Five Wishes is protected by copyright (see notice on the back cover). It is a violation of U.S. law to make a copy of the blank original. Also, health care providers may ask to see the original, signed and witnessed document, particularly if a question arises about whether the document has been changed or altered from the original. Health care providers often want to make their copy from your original and then place it into your medical file.
What is your return policy?
If for any reason you are not satisfied with your purchase, simply return the item, in original condition, within 30 days of receipt. A refund will be issued in the same manner as the order was paid. You are responsible for return postage. Shipping and handling is non-refundable. Note: In cases where products are customized and the order is pre-approved by the customer, the product may not be returned for a refund unless the product does not conform to the approved customization.