CONTACT: Teresa Weidemann-Smith
State Bar of Wisconsin
(800) 444-9404, ext. 6025
Life Planning: Providing Your Wishes is "A Gift to Your Family"
MADISON, November 11, 2004 – On behalf of
Governor Jim Doyle, Attorney General Peggy
Lautenschlager provided closing remarks at the Capitol about the
importance of Life Planning in the State of Wisconsin. Life Planning
Week, designated by the Governor for November 8-12, is an initiative to
increase public awareness about the importance of preparing for future
"Planning ahead for future health needs can make all the difference
to you and your family during a medical emergency, says State Bar of
Wisconsin President Michelle Behnke. "Life Planning Week serves as a
reminder for Wisconsin residents to discuss health care decisions and
put their wishes in writing before that emergency happens. To keep this
important issue at the forefront, throughout the coming months State Bar
members will volunteer their time and expertise in communities during
Life Planning Days to provide details and information on toll-free
"hotlines" for interested callers."
Planning ahead assists family members in carrying out eventual
end-of-life treatment options and medical directives. The State Bar
offers a free consumer guide, A Gift to Your Family, which
provides information, instructions and medical forms. Over 6,000 copies
of this valuable guide were downloaded from www.legalexplorer.com, the
State Bar's web site during Life Planning Week 2003. This topic has been
of great interest in the news as of late, especially with high profile
cases such as Terri Schiavo's in Florida.
The State Bar joined forces with the Wisconsin Health &
Hospital Association, the Wisconsin Medical Society and Gundersen
Lutheran Medical Center to develop the Life Planning Guide and promote
statewide public service campaign on life planning beginning in 1999.
The State Bar of Wisconsin is the mandatory professional association,
created by the Wisconsin Supreme Court, for attorneys who hold a
Wisconsin law license. With more than 21,000 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.
For more information, visit www.wisbar.org or www.legalexplorer.com.