For Clients, Advisors and Community. There was recent news that Facebook users could register as organ donors.
This development gave great publicity to the fact that 70% of individuals
would accept a donated organ if needed but only 30% are registered to
be organ donors. The result has been a well publicized shortage of needed
organs for transplantation.
Please note that looking for an organ donor page on FaceBook and reading
the stories there is an ineresting source of information. However, “liking”
a page on FaceBook does not register you as an organ donor. You must find
a specific website for organ donation to be registered. There are several
How in Illinois do we most effectively indicate our desire to act as organ
donors? Or, conversely, how do we indicate that we do not want to be organ
donors? There are several steps.
First and foremost, make sure that your loved ones and, in particular,
your agent under durable power of attorney for health care knows your
Second, the new statutory form of health care power of attorney has a place
to indicate whether or not you want to be an organ donor. And, if you
do, whether or not you want to place any limitations on donation.
Finally, if you want to be an organ donor, you should know that the best
way to indicate your desire is to register with the donor registry sponsored
by the Illinois Secretary of State. The indication on your driver’s
license is not legally binding. However, if you register at
http://www.lifegoeson.com your decision will be legally binding upon your loved ones, perhaps reducing
or eliminating conflict at a difficult time.
I’m a believer in organ donation. I’ve seen how this selfless
act has enriched the lives of others. As an attorney, however, my obligation
is to see that my clients’ desires are fulfilled irrespective of
my personal beliefs.
Indicating your desires via Facebook is one way to inform your family and
loved ones about your intentions. It is also a great way to remind your
friends and family concerning this important and timely topic.