A Wisconsin living will is a legal document that allows a person, referred to as a Declarant, to provide written instruction on which procedures and treatments he or she will consent to when they will consent to if they ever fell into an incapacitated or terminally ill state. This document allows a person to communicate their wishes when they can no longer speak for themselves. In addition, this document allows them to appoint a trusted individual who will make decisions on their behalf if a situation ever arises that is not outlined in the living will. Chapter 154 of the Wisconsin Revised Statues governs and enforces these documents, ensuring they are implemented and revoked in a legal and standard manner. These statutes declare that all living wills must be signed by two (2) witnesses, neither of which may be related to the Declarant. Additionally, these statutes declare that the Declarant's current wishes supersede a living will no matter what. This means that the Declarant may revoke the living will at any time.
The first step that the Declarant of a Wisconsin Living Will must take to provide their own information. This will consist of their first and last name, their gender, full address, and telephone number. Next, the Declarant will appoint his or her Advocate by providing his or her first and last name, address, and phone number. The next section will detail which consents and which refusals the Declarant is declaring. These may include CPR, blood transfusions, feeding tubes, etc. This section will also cover other related topics like the physician's information and potential anatomical donations. Once all information has been provided, the document will be signed according to statutory requirements. This means that the Declarant will sign the living will in the presence of his or her two (2) witnesses and submit the document to be made a part of his or her medical records.