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    November
    24
    2003

    News Release November 2003: Governor's proclamation launches Life Planning Week in Wisconsin

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    For Immediate Release
      CONTACT: Christi Powers
    State Bar of Wisconsin
    (800) 444-9404, ext. 6025
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    Governor's proclamation launches Life Planning Week in Wisconsin
    Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager to participate in Telephone Hotline on Wednesday

    MADISON, November 24, 2003 - To remind Wisconsin families about the importance of preparing for future health needs, Governor Jim Doyle has proclaimed the week of Nov. 24 as "Life Planning Week." Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager will present the proclamation on Wednesday, Nov. 26 at a 9:30 a.m. press conference in room 114-E at the state capitol.

    "Planning ahead for future health needs can make all the difference to you and your family during a medical emergency," Lautenschlager said. "Life Planning Week is a reminder for Wisconsin residents to discuss health care decisions and put your wishes in writing before that emergency happens."

    Immediately following the press conference, the State Bar of Wisconsin, in conjunction with the Madison law firm of DeWitt, Ross & Stevens, will host a Life Planning Hotline from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. The Attorney General, in addition to other volunteer attorneys, will be on hand to answer questions and provide life planning information. Callers can dial (608) 252-9305 to learn more about advance directives, medical powers of attorney, declarations to physicians and other end-of-life treatment options.

    "The State Bar is pleased to launch Life Planning Week," said State Bar President George Burnett. "During the past four years we have distributed nearly one hundred thousand life planning kits to help Wisconsin residents prepare for their medical future."

    In 1999, 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. Through the partnership, a consumer guide A Gift to Your Family was produced that provides information, instructions and medical forms. The kits can be purchased for $2.99 through the State Bar's order fulfillment center at (800) 444-9404 or downloaded for free at http://www.legalexplorer.com/resources/booksearch.asp.

    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.