Rights of the terminally ill eyed in new publication

Rights of the terminally ill eyed in new publication SDSU Extension Extra 14086, �Rights of the Terminally Ill in South Dakota,� is available online in pdf format at this link: http://agbiopubs.sdstate.edu/articles/ExEx14086.pdf. Or ask for it at county Extension offices.

Written by SDSU Extension Family Resource Management Specialist Liz Gorham, the six-page publication discusses in detail the living will declaration.

�The living will declaration is an important legal document. It directs the medical treatment you are to receive in the event you are unable to participate in your own medical decisions and you are in a terminal condition,� Gorham said.

�This document can control whether you live or die, so prepare it carefully. You may want to seek professional help to make sure the form does what you intend and is completed without mistakes. This document will remain valid and in effect until and unless you revoke it.�

The publication is one in a series that Gorham is writing about estate planning and related issues. The publications are becoming available online as they are finished at an SDSU Web site, http://extfcs.sdstate.edu/financeext/. Click on �Personal Finance,� and then on �Retirement/Estate Planning� for a listing of those currently available.

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