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Do I need a Mexican living will or medical proxy?

See our sections about the will and testament for details on that matter. Here we will discuss the living will. We use the term living will but the document is sometimes also known as a medical proxy and also goes by other terms. Do you need one while living in Mexico? In a word, definitely.
While living in Mexico, it is advisable to have a living will to address some important matters. In the event of incapacitation, a designated person can speak on your behalf and express your wishes. Keep in mind that Mexico does not recognize common-law partners as next of kin unless there is a proxy or living will.

Here are some matters that the living will can encompass

  • Medications
  • Religious assistance and/or intervention
  • Donating or receiving donated organs
  • Donating or receiving blood products
  • Whether or not to have surgery
  • Whether or not to transfer a patient
  • Life support and do-not-resuscitate orders
  • Whether or not an autopsy should be performed in the event of death (though a Medical Examiner can override this)
  • Preparation and repatriation of the body in the event of death, cremation or burial, etc.

Consult a legal expert about this and other related concerns. All living will documents should be written by a lawyer or notary public, should be bilingual to be understood by all parties concerned and should then be duly notarized in order to be considered enforceable by law.

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