Do I have to share my email address to complete my Will?
No. You will not be asked to provide an email address to complete or save your Will. DoYourOwnWill.com does not collect or sell email addresses.
Is it really free?
Yes. DoYourOwnWill.com is 100% free and doesn't accept payments anywhere on the site.
How does this site make money if the service is free?
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Why should I write a Will?
Writing a Will is critically important for all adults regardless of wealth, marital status, or age. A Will allows you to: ensure that your possessions will be distributed as you wish; appoint and outline powers of an executor and/or trustee; appoint a guardian for minor children; specify funeral wishes; expedite the legal process; and reduce stress and heartache for loved ones. See the DYOW Blog or Why Do I Need a Will page of this site for more information.
How do I update my Will?
You can use this site to update your Will if it was completed on our site or elsewhere. Read more about the process of updating your Will.
What is a Living Will?
A Living Will is a written declaration in which you state, in advance, your wishes about the use of life-prolonging medical care if you become terminally ill and unable to communicate or a physician has determined that you will not recover from a vegetative state due to brain damage. Usually, you will be in a state that if you do not receive life-sustaining treatment (e.g., intravenous feeding, respirator), you will die. If you do not want to burden your family with the medical expenses and prolonged grief involved in keeping you alive, when there is no reasonable hope of revival, a Living Will typically authorizes withholding or turning off life-sustaining treatment. If your Living Will is properly prepared and clearly states your wishes, the hospital or doctor should abide by it, and will, in turn, be immune from criminal or civil liability for withholding treatment. Some people worry that by making a Living Will, they are authorizing abandonment by the medical system. However, a Living Will can state whatever your wishes are regarding treatment; so even if you prefer to receive all possible treatment, whatever your condition, it is a good idea to state those wishes in a Living Will.
What types of medical treatment can I specify in a Living Will?
A Living Will can be general or very specific in specifying the types of medical treatment you desire if you become incapacitated. For example, typical language commonly utilized in Living Wills is as follows: "If at any time (a) I am close to death and life support would only postpone the moment of my death; or (b) I am unconscious and it is very unlikely that I will ever become conscious again; or (c) I have a progressive illness that will be fatal and the illness is in an advanced stage, and I am consistently and permanently unable to communicate, swallow food and water safely, care for myself and recognize my family and other people, and it is very unlikely that my condition will substantially improve; or (d) life support would not help my medical condition and would make me suffer permanent and severe pain; then, in any such event, I direct that life support be withheld and withdrawn and that I be permitted to die naturally with only the administration of medication or the performance of any medical procedure deemed necessary to keep me comfortable and to relieve pain. The procedures and treatment to be withheld and withdrawn include, without limitation, surgery, antibiotics, cardiac and pulmonary resuscitation, and respiratory support. I expressly authorize the withholding and withdrawal of artificially provided food, water, and other nourishment and fluids."
A Living Will can also address whether you want to donate tissue or organs upon your death, whether you desire to live the last days of your life in your home instead of a hospital, and other near- death health issues. Free state specific Living Wills can be found on our site here.
Once you complete your Living Will, inform and provide copies to family members and your health care providers.