Why is having Living Will Forms so critical for your family? Pre Paid Legal Services says it all.
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Theresa Marie “Terri” Schiavo (December 3, 1963–March 31, 2005) was a woman from St. Petersburg, Florida whose unusual medical and family circumstances and attendant legal battles fueled intense media attention and led to several high-profile court decisions and involvement by prominent politicians and interest groups including Pre Paid Legal.

Terri Schiavo experienced cardiac arrest and collapsed in her home in early 1990, incurring massive brain damage; she remained in a coma for ten weeks. Within three years, she was diagnosed to be in a persistent vegetative state (PVS) with little chance of recovery.

Beginning in 1998, Schiavo’s husband and guardian Michael Schiavo petitioned the courts to remove the gastric feeding tube keeping Schiavo alive; Schiavo’s parents Robert and Mary Schindler fought a series of legal battles opposing Michael. The courts consistently found that Schiavo was PVS and had made credible statements that she would not want to be kept alive on a machine.

By March 2005, the legal history around the Schiavo case included fourteen appeals and innumerable motions, petitions, and hearings in the Florida courts; five suits in Federal District Court; Florida legislation struck down by the Supreme Court of Florida; a subpoena by a congressional committee in an attempt to qualify Schiavo for “witness protection”; federal legislation (Palm Sunday Compromise); and four denials of certiorari from the Supreme Court of the United States, among others.

Despite these interventions, the courts continued to find that Schiavo was in a PVS with no hope for recovery, and would want to cease life support. Her feeding tube was removed a third and final time on March 18, 2005. She died at Pinellas County hospice in Florida on March 31, 2005, at the age of 41.

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Having a living will form allows your wishes to be carried out regarding your medical care if you are unable to speak.