Imagine if you could go to the iTunes store and download a free app that would allow you to prepare a living will, designate a health care proxy, and transmit it to your healthcare provider or to a hospital. Well, if you are a Massachusetts resident, you can. Massachusetts attorney William Palin developed an app called PaperHealth that does just that, and it is available for free on iTunes. The app is described as follows:
With PaperHealth anyone can quickly and efficiently assign a HealthCare Proxy or create a ‘Living Will’ in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The app allows you to fill out, sign, save and share your important documents directly from your iPhone or iTouch.
PaperHealth is a powerful yet simple tool for the residents of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In addition if you are connected to a AirPrint enabled printer you can print your documents directly from the device.
Mr. Palin, with his PaperHealth app, was the winner of the first ABA Journal Hackcess to Justice Event in 2014. According to the ABA Journal, a second such event will be held in New Orleans on March 21-22, sponsored by the ABA Journal and the Louisiana State Bar Association. The event is expected to attract legal advocates, including legal aid representatives, to develop technological solutions to help legal consumers as they navigate the justice system.
LPR applauds Mr. Palin, the ABA and the Louisiana Bar Association for their efforts to make the legal system more accessible to legal consumers. This could be a giant step for legal reform.