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Wants, Wishes, and Wills: A Medical and Legal Guide to Protecting Yourself and Your Family in Sickness and in Health

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From a serious illness to simply planning ahead: everything readers need to know to protect their finances and make the right health care decisions.

  • Covers medical care, living wills, health care proxies, wills, estate planning, and much more.
  • Make the right decisions for you: compassionate guidance, not cookie-cutter answers.
  • Provides checklists, worksheets, examples and viewpoints from individuals surveyed for the book.
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    • Copyright 2007
    • Edition: 1st
    • Premium Website
    • ISBN-10: 0-13-156898-1
    • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-156898-3
    • eBook (Watermarked)
    • ISBN-10: 0-13-235427-6
    • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-235427-1

    A terminal diagnosis... a life-threatening disease... recognition of one's own mortality... or simply planning ahead. All of these lead individuals to contemplate difficult end-of-life decisions. But, when they do, they find themselves confused, desperately seeking guidance: about living wills, health care proxies, and their own care, wishes, and affairs. Dr. Shawn D. Glisson and Wynne A. Whitman help people face these issues every day -- Glisson as a respected oncologist, Whitman as an experienced estate lawyer. Now, they've come together to give readers all the tools they need to make the best decisions for themselves and their families. Glisson and Whitman help you answer questions like: How can I make sure I get the best possible care to fight my disease? How do I choose a health care representative to make decisions in light of continuing medical advances? How do I prepare a living will that accurately expresses my views on dying? How do I decide which care regimen is right for me? Will alternative therapies help me? What do I need to know about hospice care? Should I donate my organs, and if so, how? How do I communicate my wishes regarding my possessions? What's the best way to plan my estate and minimize my taxes? Above all, how do I make sure my wishes are followed? This book doesn't offer "one size fits all" answers. It provides the compassionate, up-to-date, plain-English guidance you need to decide for yourself... and stay in control of your life.

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    Section I    The Wants, Wishes, and Wills of Your Health and Medical Situation

    Chapter 1        Health and Medical Wants: Your Personal Health Care System  3

    Chapter 2        Health and Medical Wishes: Providers, Facilities, and Programs 11

    Chapter 3        Health and Medical Wills: Your Medical Conditions  33

    Section II    The Wants, Wishes, and Wills of Your Personal Situation

    Chapter 4        Personal Wants: Doctors and Dialogue  43

    Chapter 5        Personal Wishes: Screening and Counseling  51

    Chapter 6        Personal Wills: Drugs, Diets, and Devices  63

    Section III    The Wants, Wishes, and Wills of Your Medical-Legal Affairs

    Chapter 7        Medical-Legal Wants: Understanding Interventions  83

    Chapter 8        Medical-Legal Wishes: Defining Capacity, Consciousness, and Contingencies  95

    Chapter 9        Medical-Legal Wills: Directives, Definitions, and Discussions  111

    Section IV    The Wants, Wishes, and Wills of Your Selfless Contributions

    Chapter 10      Selfless Contribution Wants: Donating Time, Tissue, and Treatment Data  137

    Chapter 11      Selfless Contribution Wishes: Individual Purpose, Production, and Protection  145

    Chapter 12      Selfless Contribution Wills: Donation Requirements, Responsibilities, and Rights  153

    Section V    The Wants, Wishes, and Wills of Your Estate Planning

    Chapter 13      Estate Planning Wants: Purpose, Preparation, and Protection  161

    Chapter 14      Estate Planning Wishes: Caring for Family, Friends, and Foundations  181

    Chapter 15      Estate Planning Wills: Testaments, Trusts, and Other Tools  193

    Section VI    The Wants, Wishes, and Wills of Your Legacy

    Chapter 16      Legacy Wants: Providing Ideas, Intentions, and Instructions  219

    Chapter 17      Legacy Wishes: Assisting Family, Friends, and Future Generations to Remember  233

    Chapter 18      Legacy Wills: Your Safety, Your Rights, and Your Records  241

    Conclusion  255

    Additional Resources 261

    Glossary  265

    Index  279


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    Title ISBN10 ISBN13_Print PrintingNumber ErrorLocation Error Correction DateAdded
    Wants, Wishes, and Wills 0131568981 9780131568983 1 168 What About In-Laws and Adopted Children? What About Children In-Law and Adopted Children? 2/20/2008
    Wants, Wishes, and Wills 0131568981 9780131568983 1 168 Unless you name an in-law in your will, your in-laws (or out-laws as we’ve heard them described!) will not be beneficiaries of your estate. Unless you name a child in-law in your will, your children in-law (or out-laws as we’ve heard them described!) will not be beneficiaries of your estate.

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