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Living Wills in Louisiana: Preparing for the Unknown Series

How to Protect yourself (and your Clients!) with Living Wills in Louisiana

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Living Wills in Louisiana: Preparing for the Unknown Series

After completing this course, you'll be able to:

  • explain the differences between Living Wills and Advance Directives in Louisiana
  • differentiate between mental (aka emotional) and physical (aka behavioral) protections in Louisiana
  • identify who can declare a Living Will
  • demonstrate what must be proven to create or revoke a Living Will

About the Preparing for the Unknown Series: The Preparing for the Unknown Series highlights the roles of professionals who work together to help clients maximize resources. This series was created to answer some of the most common questions from social workers about Louisiana powers of attorney; wills and disposition of remains directives; advance directives and living wills, as well as child custody mandates. In each course, we’ll discuss inter-professional ethics and how language matters. None of the courses are legal advice or meant to be legal advice, nor does enrolling and/or completing a course create an attorney/client relationship. An attorney should always be consulted to discuss your unique needs. We look forward to having you along for the learning experience!


Your Instructor


Sheila M. Wilkinson, MSW, LMSW, JD, LL.M.
Sheila M. Wilkinson, MSW, LMSW, JD, LL.M.

Sheila M. Wilkinson, Founder.

Sheila is originally from Houma, Louisiana, and is an educator, social worker and attorney. Her primary focus is empowering others to reach their full potential, guiding them towards resources and resolutions.

Heavily involved in community development, Sheila is a Founder of Resolve Mediation Group (a Louisiana nonprofit), as well as a Founder of the Louisiana Indian Law and Policy Association. She also serves on several nonprofit boards and professional organizations in New Orleans, particularly with ArtSpot Productions and within the Bar Governance of the Louisiana State Bar Association.

Completing her LL.M. in International and European Law with the Institute for European Studies in Brussels in 2014, Sheila’s current focus is on comparative EU/US law, as well as business law and its effective and efficient development. Prior to her LL.M., Sheila earned her Juris Doctor from Loyola University New Orleans in Civil Law with an International Legal Studies Certificate, and her Master’s of Social Work from Tulane University.

Sheila managed a partnership of law firms for 10 years, focusing on class actions and multi-district litigation prior to opening her own consulting firm in 2010. Since then, Sheila has divided her time between the United States and Belgium serving clients and educational institutions in both locations.

In New Orleans, Sheila teaches at the University of Phoenix, Loyola University and Herzing University. In Brussels, Sheila teaches at Vesalius College and United Business Institutes.

A lifelong learner, Sheila has two goals each day: (1) to make a stranger laugh and (2) to be a better person today than she was yesterday. With a keen sense of humor and mean baking skills, she happily and genuinely engages others wherever she goes.


Course Curriculum


  Living Wills: Part 1 of 2
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  Living Wills: Part 2 of 2
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  Wrap-up/Conclusion
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  End-of-Course Evaluation (Mandatory)
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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