A living will, despite its name, isn't at all like the wills that people use to leave property in the event of their death. A living will also be called a directive to physicians or advance directive, is a document that lets people state their wishes for end-of-life medical care, in case they become unable to communicate their decisions. It has no power after death.
A living will is a document that lets people express their wishes for medical care if they become unable to communicate their decisions. It has no power after death. Without a living will, the laws in your state could determine who will make your health care decisions.
A living will can make a difference because:
If you’re helping someone with their estate planning (or doing your own), don’t overlook a living will. It can give invaluable guidance to family members and healthcare professionals if a person can’t express his or her wishes. Without a document expressing those wishes, family members and doctors are left to guess what a seriously ill person would prefer in terms of treatment. They may end up in painful disputes, which occasionally make it all the way to a courtroom.
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