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A living will is a legal document that you can use to outline your wishes regarding the prolonging of your life through medical means. It is also known as an advance directive, or a health care/physician's directive. It should never be confused with a living trust, which is a way to distribute assets after death without having to go through probate court. Every adult should have a living will, because it informs both your doctors and your family about your desire for medical treatment in the event that you can no longer speak for yourself.

Every state's requirements for a living will are a little different, and if you are even the slightest bit unsure, you should consult with an estate lawyer. Many of these lawyers include both living wills and power of attorney documents as part of an estate planning package. If you need to write a will or update an existing one, you can write your living will at the same time.

Most of the time, a living will outlines a person's desire (or lack of) for life-prolonging medical treatment. You can pick and choose what treatments you want in the event that you either have a terminal illness or are in an irreversible coma. A living will doesn't take effect until you become incapacitated. They often require physician certification of a terminal illness or a vegetative state. For example, if you have a heart attack but are not diagnosed as permanently unconscious, you would still be resuscitated.

In situations where you can no longer speak for yourself, but your health isn't bad enough for your living will to kick in, you should have a health care proxy or power of attorney. A POA is a legal document that gives another person the authority to make health care decisions on your behalf. The person making these decisions is supposed to take your wishes into consideration, so make sure to discuss this beforehand with them. The conversation will be hard, but a power of attorney is a big responsibility.

Even the best living will won't do you any good if no one knows that it exists. You need to talk to your doctor and the person you're giving power of attorney to. Tell your doctor what kind of lifesaving medical treatments you want, and ask the right questions. Then, make those wishes known to your family. You can keep copies of your living will in your files at home, or you can distribute copies to family members. You can also store the document online so that doctors and family have access to it day and night.


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