A Kansas Living Will is a written declaration that states what a person's healthcare wishes are if they ever fall into a terminally ill state. A living will allows a person to write out exactly which life-prolonging procedures and treatments they will and will not consent to in case they can no longer speak for themselves. According to Chapter 65, Article 28 of the Kansas Annotated Statutes, a living will may provide consent or withdrawal of consent for any life-sustaining procedure that would serve to delay the dying process. However, these documents may not cover medication or medical procedures that would alleviate pain. To be enforced, these statutes also require all living will document to be in writing, dated, and signed by the Principal and his or her two witnesses who aren't of blood relation. Lastly, all living will forms must be substantially similar to the document found in Section 65-2B, 103.
To complete a Kansas Living will, the first thing that a Principal must do is provide his or her full name, address, gender, and telephone number. Next, the Principal will provide the information of the Advocate that he or he is appointing by listing his or her name, address, and phone number. Once the Principal and Advocate have been named, the Principal will now detail which procedures and treatments he or she will consent and refuse consent to. This section can be lengthy, as there are a variety of treatments, testing and procedures that may be administered to prolong life. Once this information is complete, the Principal will sign the document in the presence of two witnesses and have the document sent to their physician so that these directives may be made a part of their medical records.