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A Living Will is a legal document you can complete now to declare your wishes regarding the use of life-sustaining treatment if you should become terminally ill or permanently unconscious.

A Living Will:

  • becomes effective only when you are unable to communicate your wishes and are permanently unconscious or terminally ill.
  • spells out whether or not you want life-support technology used to prolong your dying.
  • gives doctors the authority to follow your instructions regarding the medical treatment you want under these conditions.
  • can be changed or revoked by you at any time, but cannot be changed or revoked by anyone else.
  • will be followed for a pregnant woman only if certain conditions apply.
  • specifies under what conditions you would want artificial feeding and fluids to be withheld. 

These materials have been prepared for educational and information purposes only. They are not legal advice or legal opinions on any specific matters. For your specific matter, please contact us about your specific circumstances.

Do I Need a Living Will if I Have a Health Care Power of Attorney?

Health Care Power of Attorney

IF I HAVE A LIVING WILL, DO I NEED A HEALTH CARE POWER OF ATTORNEY TOO ? Many people will want to have both documents because they address different aspects of medical care. A Living Will gives your instructions directly to your doctor and applies only when you cannot communicate your wishes and are in a terminal condition or are permanently unconscious.

A Health Care Power of Attorney covers a wide range of health care decisions – like approving surgery or changing doctors after an accident – that do not require a patient to be dying. Often a spouse or relative is selected to act on your behalf when you cannot, because such a person knows you well enough to know what you would want done.

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