Why is having Living Will Forms and learning the story of Terri Schiavo so critical for your family for your Pre Paid Legal Services? Read on…

Beginning in 1998, Schiavo’s husband and guardian Michael Schiavo petitioned the courts to remove the gastric feeding tube that was 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. If only she had Pre Paid Legal


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. She really needed PrePaid Legal.

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. Against her parents pleas, Terri’s 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.

What does creating a will mean to you and your family?

Every person needs a living will form that allows your wishes to be carried out regarding your medical care if the time comes that you are unable to speak for yourself.