Living Will

A living will is a legal document that outlines an individual’s wishes for medical treatment and end-of-life care in the event they become unable to make these decisions themselves.

It is a type of advance directive that typically includes instructions regarding life-sustaining treatments, such as artificial respiration or hydration, and may also address pain management, organ donation, and funeral arrangements.

A living will be used to guide healthcare providers and family members in making medical decisions on behalf of the individual who created the living will.

It is important to note that a living will is not the same as a healthcare power of attorney, which designates someone to make medical decisions on behalf of the individual.

However, the two documents can be used together to provide a comprehensive plan for end-of-life care. Living wills are recognized in all states, but the requirements and regulations for creating a valid living will vary by state.

It is important to consult with a legal professional to ensure that the living will comply with state laws and is properly executed.