The Estate & Asset Protection Law Firm Owner, Shannon Pawley, Clarifies The Specific Legal Purpose Of Do-Not-Resuscitate Orders.
The Estate & Asset Protection Law Firm Owner, Shannon Pawley, writes about what a DNR is, who can establish a DNR on behalf of a patient, and what happens if someone doesn’t have a DNR.
DECATUR, GA, January 18, 2023: Shannon Pawley, Owner of The Estate & Asset Protection Law Firm, has posted a new article on the law firm’s website entitled “An Overview of Do-Not-Resuscitate (DNRs) Orders.” Ms. Pawley hopes to clear up confusion around the topic of DNRs.
According to Pawley, “Casual conversations about do-not-resuscitate orders (DNRs) are often filled with incorrect information. Many people think that having a DNR covers all life-saving methods. However,” she adds, “that is not correct.” She continues, “Because I often get questions about this from my clients, I’d like to clarify what a DNR is, who can create one on behalf of a patient, and what happens if you do not have one.”
Pawley explains, “A do-not-resuscitate order strictly applies to resuscitation in the form of CPR, cardiac drugs, or defibrillation.” She further elaborates, “The order indicates that medical personnel will not try to revive you if your heart stops.” She emphasizes, “It does not apply to intubation or any other life-saving method.” As Pawley notes, “Typically, DNR’s are requested by people with terminal illnesses, and frail, elderly patients on whom CPR might do more harm than good.”
Pawley goes on to add, “Some people think they need a DNR even if they are healthy because they fear that a complication resulting from CPR could leave them unconscious or unable to control their own care.” She clarifies, “A DNR is not the appropriate order for these concerns. A more effective option is a living will and/or a medical directive as part of an estate plan.”
“Unlike DNRs,” Pawley writes, “a Medical Directive covers ventilators, feeding tubes, blood transfusions, dialysis, and other interventions that may be attempted during a health emergency. Medical Directives are created by both healthy and ailing individuals, and they’re designed to take effect if you cannot express your wishes in a health emergency. They do not cover resuscitation. So, if you do not have a DNR, CPR and other measures will be taken if necessary.”
The entire article can be read at LINK HERE
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The Estate & Asset Protection Law Firm was established to serve the legal needs of retiring citizens. The Firm focuses its entire practice on providing strategies to protect independence, privacy, assets and taxes from the government. Shannon Pawley has grown her law practice by providing excellent customer satisfaction with personalized wealth protection plans.
About Shannon M. Pawley, J.D., LL.M
As the owner of The Estate & Asset Protection Law Firm, Shannon M. Pawley and her entire team share a passion which focuses on being able to serve the legal needs of retiring individuals. In our firm, WE BELIEVE that people should not have to lose everything they’ve worked a lifetime to earn and that every person is an individual who deserves respect and the highest quality of life possible, regardless of age or ability. We also believe that privacy and protection are the keys to personal peace. Born and raised in the Tidewater area of Virginia to a tightknit family with strong military service roots, Shannon learned from an early age the value of hard work and the importance of social awareness to ensure you always leave a situation in a better place than how you entered it. In her junior year of high school, Shannon served as U.S. House of Representatives Page during the 101st United States Congressional Session in Washington, D.C. This experience exposed her to numerous new cultures and worldly issues. Walking away from her experience as a U.S. House of Representative Page, Shannon knew that she wanted to pursue legal studies and be able to assist others in obtaining the best results available in difficult situations.
Shannon earned her undergraduate degree at North Carolina Wesleyan College and pursued a law degree from Michigan State University College of Law. After obtaining her law degree and becoming a licensed attorney in Michigan, she continued her educational pursuit by acquiring a LL.M. (Master of Law) in Taxation from Wayne State University. After moving to Georgia in 2018, Shannon obtained her Georgia law license and has enjoyed being able to pursue her desire of ensuring persons are able to age with dignity, grace and independence.