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What is a Wisconsin Living Will?

A Wisconsin Living Will is a legal document that sets forth your preferences related to medical care, such as your request for or refusal of medical treatment, along with the optional selection of a trusted agent or healthcare decision maker. 
 
The person making a Living Will is known as the "principal," while the individuals or entities gaining permission to carry out the principal's wishes are called "agents." Designed for residents of Wisconsin, this free Living Will can be used in Waukesha County, Milwaukee County, Dane County, and in all other parts of the state. Any Wisconsin Living Will form from Rocket Lawyer can be edited for your unique circumstances. As a result of having this essential document, your medical institutions will have a point of reference for your decisions, and your representative(s) can offer proof that they have the authority to make choices for you when you are not able.

When to use a Wisconsin Living Will:

  • You want to specify your wishes so that it is more likely they will be carried out.
  • You are facing the possibility of surgery or a hospitalization.
  • You have declining health.
  • You have been diagnosed with a terminal condition.

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Wisconsin Living Will FAQs

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  • How do I write a Living Will in Wisconsin?

    It's simple and easy to outline your medical wishes using a free Wisconsin Living Will template from Rocket Lawyer:

    1. Make the document - Provide a few general details, and we will do the rest
    2. Send and share it - Look over your wishes with your healthcare agent(s) or get legal help
    3. Sign and make it legal - Mandatory or not, witnesses and notarization are encouraged

    This solution is, in most cases, notably more affordable than working with a conventional law firm. If necessary, you may prepare a Living Will on behalf of your spouse or another relative, and then help that person sign once you've drafted it. Keep in mind that for this document to be accepted as legally valid, the principal must be an adult who is mentally competent at the time of signing. In the event that the principal is already incapacitated and unable to make their own decisions, a conservatorship generally will be required. When managing such a situation, it is important to speak with a lawyer .

  • Do I need to have a Living Will?

    Every adult should have a Living Will. Even though it's painful to think about, a day could come when you can no longer make important decisions on your own. Common occasions where you may find it helpful to make or update your Living Will include:

    • You plan to be in the hospital for surgery
    • You are aging or dealing with ongoing health issues
    • You've been diagnosed with a terminal condition
    • You reside in or have plans to move into a care facility

    Regardless of whether this Wisconsin Living Will has been generated as part of a long-term plan or created in response to a change in your health, witnesses and notarization are highly recommended as a best practice for protecting your document if a third party disputes its authenticity. Under Wisconsin law, a Living Will is not considered valid during pregnancy.

  • Do I need a lawyer to review my Living Will in Wisconsin?

    Making a Living Will is normally straightforward; however, you or your agent may still need advice. Having an attorney review your document could take a long time on your own. Another approach could be via attorney services at Rocket Lawyer. Rocket Lawyer members can request advice from an Rocket Lawyer network attorney with relevant experience or send additional legal questions. As always, you can Live Confidently® with Rocket Lawyer by your side.

  • On average, what would I normally need to pay to make a Living Will in Wisconsin?

    The fees associated with meeting and hiring a law firm to produce a Living Will could be between two hundred and one thousand dollars. Rocket Lawyer can offer much more protection than many other Living Will template websites that you might encounter elsewhere. As a Rocket Lawyer Premium member, you can get up to 40% in savings when hiring an attorney from our network.

  • Would I have to do anything else after I make a Wisconsin Living Will?

    After making this customized Living Will form using Rocket Lawyer, you will have the ability to retrieve it on any device, anytime. You also may take any or all of these actions with your document: editing it, downloading it as a PDF document or Word file, and printing and signing it. Alongside your Wisconsin Living Will form, there's a list of recommended actions you can take to finalize the document. Be sure that your agent(s) and care providers get a copy of the final document.

  • Does a Living Will need to be notarized or witnessed in Wisconsin?

    The rules will be different by state; however, in Wisconsin, your Living Will needs two witnesses. Your chosen witnesses should not be people who are responsible for the cost of your medical care or any healthcare provider/facility or their employee (other than a chaplain or social worker). You should also exclude family members, including your spouse, domestic partner, or adopted children, along with other relatives, heirs, or beneficiaries. As a general principle, witnesses should be over 18 years old, and none should also be acting as your healthcare agent.

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