Wants, Wishes, and Wills: A Medical and Legal Guide to Protecting Yourself and Your Family in Sickness and in Health, Adobe Reader
Product Author Bios
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.
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.
Table of Contents
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
Additional Resources 261
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