• Why Living Wills Don’t Work
  • March 15, 2013 | Author: Thomas D. Begley
  • Law Firm: Capehart & Scatchard, P.A. - Mount Laurel Office
  • In the early 1990s, both the federal government and the State of New Jersey passed a series of laws, including the Patient Self Determination Act, which effectively allowed individuals to communicate binding wishes to the medical community as to their preferences in the event of their incapacity. A variety of legal documents, commonly referred to as living wills, were created as result of these laws. Unfortunately, many of these forms have not been accepted by doctors, hospitals and long-term care centers. A number of studies have been presented as to the deficiencies of many form documents, including those published by the Hastings Center, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the New England Journal of Medicine and the Yale Law Journal. Effectively, they were entitled “Why Living Wills Don’t Work”.