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Draft a Nevada Living Will

The brain is a complex organ, and medical diagnosis a true artform. For example, a coma can be confused with a number of other states, including locked-in syndrome, akenetic autism, and a catatonic stupor. Certain psychiatric illnesses can appear similar to a coma, including schizophrenia, catatonia, and depression that is extremely severe and seems comatose. The difference between most of these states is that the victim of a coma cannot give a response to noxious or verbal stimuli and cannot feel pain.

Quite a bit of controversy has surrounded the medical use of artificial life support. Obviously, the case of Terri Schiavo and also Karen Ann Quinlan. Both were in a persistent vegetative state, which is different than a coma in that a patient experiences sleep cycles and can open his or her eyes in response to stimuli. Still, PVS sufferers are unaware of their environment and have no cognition. These patients can be kept alive for decades ?the most common cause of death is a secondary infection, such as pneumonia.

A Nevada living will is a legal document which indicates what you would like to have happen in the event you are put on artificial life support and unable to communicate your desires. Different than a Last Will and Testament, a living will does not distribute your property, it simply outlines your wishes concerning life support if you become terminally ill or are in a persistent vegetative state.

LegalZoom can help prepare a customized living will that meets every Nevada requirement. Start the process today by simply filling out our easy-to-follow online questionnaire. Get your very own living will in three easy steps.