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

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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....
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Overview

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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Estate attorney Whitman and oncologist Glisson trace the critical steps toward achieving peace of mind with end-of-life decisions.

Death and terminal illness, say the authors, are “too frightening, too depressing, to real to think about. We simply don’t want to go there.” But failure to share our wants, wishes and wills with our loved ones is an invitation to compound the tragedy of loss. This book succeeds in providing critical information for making intelligent choices and controlling your situation as death approaches. Separate chapters allow you to organize your personal health-care system, open the clearest lines of communication with your providers, learn the different point-of-death definitions to guide those charged with carrying out your intentions, understand the options regarding organ and tissue donation and gain a valuable overview of administering your estate. Appreciating that a legacy is more than legalisms and bureaucratic commands, Whitman and Glisson encourage readers to put down their thoughts, hopes and experiences, to leave a mark in the most personally meaningful way.

Ease-making, step-by-step planning and background information necessary to accomplish your earthly goals after death.

--Kirkus Business & Personal Finance Newsletter (May 2007)

Reviewed in 2007 Nov CHOICE.

Whether or not one acknowledges or plans for infirmity and mortality, nearly everyone will face illness and end-of-life decisions. Whitman, a practicing tax/trust/estates attorney, and Glisson (Univ. of Louisville), a medical oncologist/hematologist, deal with death and disease daily. This book allows them to share their collective experience and knowledge to guide individuals preparing to face the difficult end-of-life decisions that must be made. It provides readers with the critical information necessary for making intelligent choices and controlling their lives, health, and death. This well-written book is divided into six sections, each of which addresses a different subject, e.g., estates and finances, and the legacies one wishes to leave behind. Each section offers a chapter dedicated to the individual's wants (what one doesn't have), wishes (what one desires), and wills (one's choices). For those who wish to take control of complicated decisions related to health and medical situations, medical legal affairs, and legacy, this work is an excellent resource. Summing Up: Highly recommended. General readers and professionals/practitioners. -- L. N. Massengale, Johns Hopkins University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780131568983
  • Publisher: FT Press
  • Publication date: 5/15/2007
  • Pages: 302
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Wynne A. Whitman, Esq.,is a Partner in the Tax, Trusts, and Estates Department at Schenck, Price, Smith and King, LLP, where she specializes in estate planning and administration and other tax-related issues. She has been quoted in more than two dozen print and Web publications, ranging from Men’s Health andMore Magazine to CBSMarketwatch.com and CNN Financial. Ms.Whitman advises individuals and families on ordering their legal affairs to ensure their wants and wishes are carried out and their loved ones cared for. She has worked extensively with families, including many 9/11 victims, as they tried to put the pieces together after the death of a loved one who failed to organize his or her affairs.

Shawn D. Glisson, M.D., F.A.C.P., is a leading oncologist and hematologist who specializes in providing the most current options to patients with tragic prognoses. He is a partner at the Kentuckiana Cancer Institute; President and CEO of Klêron Technology Corporation; President and Chairman of The American Cancer Biorepository, Inc., a charitable cancer research organization; and Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of Louisville. Dr. Glisson is also a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Reserve Medical Corps and formerly was a trained minister for the churches of Christ.

In their respective professions, Ms. Whitman and Dr. Glisson address life-and-death issues with their clients and patients every day. This book shares their collective first-hand experiences and knowledge to guide individuals in both sickness and in health.

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Table of Contents

Foreword

Introduction

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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