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Every adult (18 and older) should have a signed advance health directive so doctors know who to contact in case the person can no longer make their own health care decisions (coma or serious accident, etc.) One example that is available online is the "Five Wishes" form that is legal in 42 states in the US.
If you have assets or dependent children, you need a signed will. Please do not put off getting these legal documents in order.
With living wills and such in the news, here is a great link for how you can plan for such circumstances for yourself and your family if you should be unable to make those decisions. We never know when a health condition or accident may make us unable to decide for ourselves whether or not we will be hooked up to machines to continue our lives.
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I was thinking about the fate of the Florida woman. How does a person make his wishes legal except through a Lawyer? I have expressed to each of my children that I never wanted my life prolonged through life support for a long period of time.
You can download living wills off the internet and fill in the blanks. Many forms, wills, contracts and such can be found online. Fill them out, have them notarized and file.
Suze Orman has these forms on her website