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Did You Know? Terri Schiavo’s case shows the importance of having a Healthcare Power of Attorney or an Advance Directive

Did You Know? Terri Schiavo’s case shows the importance of having a Healthcare Power of Attorney or an Advance Directive

If you have not heard of the Terry Schiavo case, you might not understand the importance of having a Healthcare Power of Attorney or an Advance Directive. Terri Schiavo was a 26-year-old woman who suffered from a heart attack that left her in a coma. Two months into the coma the doctors declared her to be in a permanent vegetative state with no chance of recovery. For the next two years the doctors tried all forms of physical therapy to bring her back, without any success. At that point Terri’s husband petitioned the court to remove lifesustaining treatment, but her parents fought back, believing she retained some part of her consciousness. What ensued became one of the biggest courtroom showdowns in American history, bringing in activists from all over the world for both sides. Thirteen years after the lawsuit was filed, after multiple appeals and national notoriety, the Court allowed her husband to remove life-sustaining treatment.

Did You Know?
Did You Know?

Did You Know?

You really don’t need an attorney for a contract. Of course it’s a good idea to have an attorney draft one, but if you are hurting for money or you are short on time, and the contract is not for a giant chunk of money, you can do it yourself. They are really quite simple.

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