Creating a Living Will in Colorado
Assistance from a Skilled Denver Estate Planning Lawyer
A living will is a medical directive authorized by Colorado statute that conveys your wishes regarding life support and related matters to your physician and the hospital or hospice.
A living will expresses your wishes and instructions regarding life support, intravenous feeding and hydration, and medical treatment. Contrary to popular belief, a living will does not exclude or prohibit the use of medications and procedures to relieve pain.
Is a Living Will Right for Me?
If you are over the age of 18 and mentally competent, it may be in your best interest to create a living will to help protect your medical wishes in the case that you become incapacitated. Your living will becomes effective if and only if you are comatose for seven consecutive days and have been certified as being terminally ill by your primary physician and one other physician.
Why a Living Will May Not Work
Living wills are sometimes ignored by physicians and hospitals because:
- The only person with the legal right to enforce the living will is in a coma
- Hospitals and physicians fear lawsuits and unfavorable publicity from disgruntled family members
- Life support measures generate big dollars for hospitals
- Living wills are limited in scope, and thus do not cover many situations
Even with these limitations, a living will may be right for you. With 40 years of experience, Attorney Littlepage can help explain your options. We’ve helped thousands of clients throughout Colorado.