The Nevada Living Will is a document that allows a person to provide a written declaration of their medical choices should they ever fall into an incapacitated or terminally ill state. In this document, they would not only name which life-prolonging treatments or procedures they will consent to, but they will also nominate an Advocate who will make decisions in their best interest if any other issues arise. In Nevada, all living will documents must conform to Chapter 449 of the Nevada Revised Statutes. These statutes require all living wills to be witnessed by at least two individuals, and also must be substantially similar to the statutory form described in Chapter 449. Furthermore, the law describes that the Principal has the ability to appoint an Advocate who may decide whether or not to withhold or withdraw life support. If the Principal changes his or her mind, the law also provides provisions for him or her to revoke the living will at any time regardless of mental state or health.
A Nevada Living Will can be completed fairly quickly, as it is not a complex document. The first step to completing a living will is to provide the Principal's first and last name, address, gender, and phone number. Next, the Principal will appoint their Advocate by providing his or her name, address, and telephone number. The Principal will then go into detail about his or her healthcare preferences. These preferences will include whether or not to withhold CPR, blood transfusions and other life-prolonging interventions. Next, the Principal will provide information on his or her physician so that this document can be made a part of their medical records. Once the living will is complete, the Principal will sign and date the will in the presence of two (2) witnesses. The witnesses will also sign the document, and it may then take effect.