Agricultural Economics Department


Date of this Version


Document Type

News Article


Farm and Ranch Management News (May 18, 2020).

Also available at

DOI: 10.13014/frm00010.


Copyright 2020, the author. Used by permission.


First paragraph:

During this period of coronavirus pandemic, some Nebraskans may be concerned about how medical decisions will be made for them if they are unable to communicate their wishes to their health care providers themselves. In these circumstances, health care providers will normally consult with the patient’s family members who may be available (spouse, then adult children–consensus, then parents, etc.) If no family members are present, the health care providers will use their best medical judgment in making health care decisions for the patient.


This information is intended for educational purposes only; it must not be taken as legal advice. If you have legal questions about your advanced directives, contact an attorney.