Understanding What a Living Will Does

Living Wills
A living will is a legal document that lets a person state their wishes for end-of-life medical care. Family members and doctors use it to make decisions about medical treatments when that person can’t communicate or make decisions for themselves.

A living will can also be called an advance directive or a healthcare directive.
How does a living will work with a Power of Attorney (“POA”)?
A living will expresses end-of-life wishes and typically works together with a medical Power of Attorney.

The medical POA allows you to choose someone to legally make medical decisions on your behalf. That person is called the healthcare agent or proxy for healthcare decisions.

With these two documents, you can control the types of treatment you’ll receive if you become unable to make decisions on your own, and who will make sure their wishes are carried out.


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