In the case of serious medical problems, it is advantageous to have an advance directive.
But how much does this actually cost – what does it bring?
Hamburg – When it comes to serious medical problems, patients sometimes find it difficult to make decisions about the measures they need to take.
However, they are often unable to do so.
That is why it can be an advantage to have drawn up a living will – what does it cost and what is the benefit?
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In force since:
September 1, 2009
Paragraph 1827 paragraph 1 sentence 1 BGB
Who can create a living will?
A living will should be drawn up by all consumers as a precautionary measure.
"Regardless of your age or state of health, you can suddenly find yourself in a situation in which you can no longer make decisions about medical treatment or medical intervention," writes the Federal Ministry of Justice.
This problem can be avoided with a living will.
Persons registered there can decide on medical measures in an emergency.
A living will can be drawn up by your family doctor – this incurs costs.
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But how much does it cost to create a living will?
That depends: is it issued by a notary or is a general practitioner consulted?
A living will can even be drawn up without external help - there may then be problems with the validity.
The notarization of a living will is probably the safest way to ensure the correctness of the document - costs are incurred.
If you have your living will certified or notarized by a notary, you have to pay at least 60 euros plus VAT.
The living will can also be drawn up by a lawyer.
Under certain circumstances, legal protection insurance will cover the costs if the order is drawn up by a lawyer.
How much does a living will cost at the family doctor?
Anyone who prefers to have their family doctor draw up their living will often does not get away with it without additional costs.
A 30-minute consultation also costs around 60 euros.
However, this guidance can help consumers understand the terms and phrases that may be difficult to understand in an advance directive.
A consultation with the family doctor is usually not covered by the health insurance companies - consumers have to pay for the costs themselves.
This also often applies to rehab for pensioners.
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Another option is to download a living will template online.
Under certain circumstances, however, these can be faulty and cost up to 300 euros, as the consumer advice center warns.
In any case, a living will does not become valid through certification by a notary or consultation with a doctor, but through your own signature.
The order must be signed by hand and be in writing - consumers must also be of legal age and able to consent.
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