DES MOINES, Iowa, April 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- April is National Donate Life Month. If you've made a decision to donate your organs at death – or if you feel strongly about not donating – now is a great time to ensure your intentions are honored by having the right legal documents in place.
"If you are considering donating organs or tissues when you die, be sure to learn the facts and take the appropriate steps to ensure your intentions are known and followed," said Ann Cosimano, General Counsel at ARAG, a leader in legal insurance.
Three Ways to Indicate You Want to Be an Organ Donor
1. Register with your state's donor registry. Check the list at OrganDonor.gov.
2. Designate your choice when you get a new or renewed driver's license.
3. Sign and carry a donor card. Cards are available from OrganDonor.gov.
It's also important to tell your family that you want to be a donor. Hospitals seek consent from the next of kin before removing organs, although this is usually not required if you're registered with your state's donor registry.
"The best way to ensure that your wishes are carried out is to put them in writing," said Cosimano. "This includes putting your wishes in your living will, as well as on your driver's license."
Free ARAG Guidebook Available
Living wills and other advance directives are a proactive step to indicate your intentions and are typically a component of legal plans, such as those offered by ARAG. To help create these estate planning documents and others, ARAG is offering the Estate Planning Guidebook – Building Your Legacy for free download.
This guidebook will introduce you to the kinds of questions you'll need to ask as well as explain the estate planning documents available, what they do and how they work. To further safeguard your future, check with your employer about enrolling in legal insurance. Comprehensive legal plans provide plan members with a wide range of services that include tools to help you put documents in place – providing security and peace of mind.
ARAG ® (www.ARAGgroup.com) is a leader in legal insurance. It provides people with affordable and reliable legal counsel for everyday life matters. The company has an international premium base of more than $2 billion and protects 15.5 million individuals and their families – worldwide. We give you the freedom and control to embrace life's opportunities.
ARAG's North American headquarters are based in Des Moines, Iowa. We've earned the prestigious Center of Excellence Award for eight consecutive years (2007-2014) and have been named a Top 100 Call Center by BenchMark Portal for four consecutive years (2011-2014), continuing our track record of industry-leading customer service. ARAG team members voted ARAG a Best Places to Work in Insurance (2009-2014).
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Jen Harken, Corporate Communications Manager
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