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Power of attorney/last statement question…
Before I go into this, I am NOT unstable or anything like that and this question is not for me at all. It’s a question of pure (morbid) curiosity only. So onto it…
Suicide seems to be a hush-hush topic in our society. From talking about it, to actually treating the dead in the same way as someone who passed naturally- we shy away from it.
So anyone familiar with law can answer the first part, and ANYONE can answer the second part:
If a person were to walk into an attorney’s office to draw up some kind of legal document that states what the person in question wants done with themselves after they take their own life, does the attorney have an obligation by law to notify authorities? Or do they have an obligation to their client to guarantee that person’s rights and wishes are met? The person states “I allow my name to be released to the news media upon my suicide with no other connotation to it other than to identify myself to the public”.
Second question: Do you feel the attorney should respect this person’s wishes to the end? Or should this attorney attempt to interfere with the other person’s situation?
Keep in mind, the suicide itself has no meaning. The person is/isn’t depressed, the person is/isn’t bored with life, the person is/isn’t doing it to make a statement, the person is/isn’t doing it for whatever other reason. There is no connotation.
Let’s hear it! :)
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