Hi Francis- I have read your idea and we are both seeing the huge issue where almost half of the American population does not have their end of life papers in order. I see that you are based in Nigeria but have cited stats for America. Are you proposing to start the evaluation of the matter in the States? I do think an on- line platform at little to no cost would be helpful but that would be once we get people motivated to do the work. The first questions on the questionnaire should be to figure out why people don't do it. I know many people who could well afford an attorney to pull the papers together but choose to ignore, don't make the time, don't think they need 'one' yet, etc.. Our culture, in the States, is that we do not talk about end of life. Please check out my idea titled Dying With Grace. We should collaborate. Thank you.
Hi Kate- Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. I just fell onto this site a few days ago and was pulled in by the topic since these thoughts permanently sit in the back of my mind. Out of the gate, I can't see the documentation as being mandatory but it would be awesome if our legal system moved into a direction where one needs to have basic paperwork in place. For example, we now require that a baby seat be set up in a car before taking a newborn home from the hospital. We don't require documentation as to who the parent(s) designate to raise the child if something were to happen to them on the way home. Electronic vs. paper? My thought is let's just get people thinking about this subject and for them to document their wishes. It would be great if there was an electronic system (ie. the medical record system that is slowly being adopted in the US) but I am not aware of one for this aspect of the law. It is much easier to think about what one wants to happen with their property, health, kids, etc. while healthy and with the feeling of invincability. It is also much easier to update those documents every 10 years or upon demand than starting from scratch once one has accumulated 'stuff'. A public example would be the death of two mega rock stars. David Bowie went out on his terms. He knew he was dying, put an album together, released it on his birthday and then let go. Prince left this world with a huge estate and no Will. His family will have to spend a lot of legal time figuring it out (according to what I heard on the news). Let me know if you have any thoughts on all this. Thanks.