Including a Do-Not-Resuscitate Order in Your Estate Plan

When it comes to estate planning, you have many important decisions to make and everyone has unique circumstances and preferences. It is important to think about a do-not-resuscitate (DNR) order if you do not want anyone to attempt to resuscitate you in the event that your heart stops. This is a personal decision, but if you do not want others to try to resuscitate you, you have the option to include this in your estate plan.

Sometimes, people benefit from discussing their options and their wishes with loved ones, not only with respect to a DNR order but other facets of the estate planning process as well (such as distributing assets, taxes and appointing an executor).

Does Michigan recognize DNR orders?

On their official website, the State of Michigan reports that state law recognizes do-not-resuscitate orders. Nursing homes and hospitals recognize DNR orders, an advance directive option. If your heart stops beating, a DNR order will help ensure that others do not attempt to resuscitate you. If you want to include this in your estate plan, carefully look into the written document and make sure that you prepare accordingly. Without a DNR order, hospital staff and others in charge of caring for you could attempt to resuscitate you.

Discussing a DNR order with your loved ones

If you have uncertainty regarding a do-not-resuscitate order, you could benefit from talking about this issue with your family members. For example, your spouse, children and other relatives could provide a clearer understanding of the decision that is right for you. Moreover, if they understand your wishes, this could help in the future.