Living Will

Living Will

A living will, also called will to live, advance health directive, or advance health care directive, is a specific type of power of attorney or health care proxy or advance directive. It is a legal instrument that usually is witnessed or notarized. These documents state:

* That the principal is appointing an individual to direct their health care decisions should the principal be unable to do so.

* Specific directives as to the course of treatment that is to be taken by caregivers, should the principal be unable to give informed consent due to incapacity.

Lawyers, hospitals, and state bar associations, have also seen an increased interest in living wills, and can provide online assistance in how to prepare your living will.

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