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Nevada's FREE Living Will Lockbox Program

9/1/2009

A living will gives an individual peace of mind knowing that his or her personal wishes are clearly expressed, but are also confidential and secure.  A living will can provide family members and health care professionals with valuable information about what measures the individual desires in regards to life-prolonging medical procedures.  The document insures that the patient will be treated according to their wishes rather than leaving the decisions to others.

The U.S. Living Will Registry offers this service for $125.  The State of Nevada Secretary of State's office offers a no-cost alternative for Nevadans.  The Living Will Lockbox, a virtual lockbox in which certain directives, including living wills, powers of attorney, and "do not resuscitate" (DNR) orders can be filed, is an access-protected options for residents.  Established by the 2007 Nevada State Legislature, the Living Will Lockbox was developed and is maintained by the office of the Secretary of State.

Filing a living will and associated documents with www.livingwilllockbox.com is free.  The Nevada Legislature provided initial funding for creation of the registry and the ongoing cost of maintaining and operating the registry is supported by various grants and sponsors.  As a secure electronic filing system, accessible only by authorized healthcare providers and with individuals whom the registrant shares the registration password, the Living Will Lockbox ensures that the patient's wishes will be known during the times when it may be physically or mentally impossible to express them.  For more information please contact info@livingwilllockbox.com or (775) 684-5708.

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