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    Educate the public to avoid a situation like Terri Schiavo

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    For Immediate Release
      CONTACT: Teresa Weidemann-Smith
    State Bar of Wisconsin
    (800) 444-9404, ext. 6025
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    Educate the public to avoid a situation like Terri Schiavo
    Free Advance Health Care Planning Guide Helps to Document Future Needs

    MADISON, March 23, 2005 - In light of the recent developments in the Terri Schiavo case, the State Bar of Wisconsin reminds Wisconsin families about the importance of documenting their future health care needs. A free consumer guide, A Gift to Your Family: Planning Ahead for Future Heath Care Needs, is available at

    "It is important that everyone - young, old, newlyweds, students, new parents, etc. - discuss their medical care directives with their families and have those medical directives legally documented," said Brian Purtell, Health Care Section Committee Chair. "This free guide helps families begin the important step of discussing future health care needs."

    The guide,developed by Wisconsin lawyers and medical experts, provides information, instructions and medical forms and answers questions about advance care planning issues, such as the power of attorney for health care, living wills, and organ and tissue donation.

    The State Bar joined forces with the Wisconsin Health & Hospital Association, the Wisconsin Medical Society and Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in a statewide public service campaign on life planning beginning in 1999. Since then, over 145,000 guides have been distributed to the general public.

    Download a free guide at . To order preprinted copies, contact the State Bar of Wisconsin, (800) 728-7788. Individual copies are $2.99 + tax.

    The State Bar of Wisconsin is the mandatory professional association, created by the Wisconsin Supreme Court, for attorneys who hold a law license in Wisconsin. With more than 20,000 members, the State Bar aids the courts in improving the administration of justice, provides continuing legal education for its members to help them maintain their expertise, and assists Wisconsin lawyers in carrying out community service initiatives to educate the public about the legal system and the value of lawyers.