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September 25, 2020

New ABA book provides state-by-state information on advance directives and living wills

CHICAGO, Sept. 25, 2020 — Just published by the American Bar Association, “Getting Started with Advance Directives” by Michael A. Kirtland and Donna J. Jackson covers end-of-life planning devices and looks at special problems that may come up when an individual is considering end-of-life planning and executing an advance directive.

Every state has statutes regarding end-of-life decision making, and the powers and forms used to make those decisions can vary. It is important to ensure you are familiar with your state’s laws on living wills, possess your state’s living will form or an acceptable variation of it and understand the options presented in the living will when reviewing it with a client.

Ever-advancing medical technology raises the question of patient autonomy and the use of extraordinary measures to save or extend a patient’s life. This book focuses on a person’s ability to make decisions regarding end-of-life medical treatment and health care, and how each state’s laws allow an individual to make these decisions ahead of time. It also touches on other end-of-life planning devices and looks at special problems that may arise when a person is considering end-of-life planning and executing an advance directive.

Michael A. Kirtland is the managing member of the law firm Kirtland & Seal LLC in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He is a past chair of the Elder Law Group of the ABA Real Property Trust and Estate Law Section (RPTE). He has published articles in RPTE’s Probate and Property Magazine, the ABA Senior Lawyers Division’s Voice of Experience e-newsletter, as well as in many other legal publications.

Donna J. Jackson is a nationally recognized attorney, authority, speaker and educator in estate planning. She is a CPA and holds a master’s degree in elder law. Jackson has more than 30 years of legal experience. She limits her practice to estate planning with an emphasis on Medicaid; VA benefits; and special needs planning, including trusts, special needs trusts, wills, durable powers of attorney and living wills.

This book is sponsored by the Senior Lawyers Division and the Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section.

Title:                      Getting Started with Advance Directives
Publisher:              ABA Publishing
Pages:                   464
Product Code:       5460227
ISBN:                     9781641057448
Size:                      7 x 10
Binding:                 Paperback
List Price:              $99.95
Member Price:       $74.96
Orders:                  800-285-2221 or

Editor’s note: Review copies are available by sending an email to Brandon Wilhelm at [email protected]. If you publish a review of this book, please send tear sheets or a copy for our files to Brandon Wilhelm, ABA Book Publishing, 321 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654.

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