What is a Living Will and Why Should You Have One?

By Martin Brieger, Site Editor.

A living will is not the same as a last will and testament. It is a legal document that comes into effect if you become incapacitated and can no longer express your decisions or wishes. This document dictates what kind of medical treatment you wish to receive if you are terminally ill and cannot speak for yourself. In a living will, you can state whether you would like medical procedures to be continued, withheld or terminated. This will allows doctors to know whether they should use synthetic means of keeping your body alive.

 

How To Create a Living Will

The requirements for creating a living differ by state so you might want to hire a lawyer to prepare the document for you.

If you want to DIY a living will, you can find an online service or template to help you.

 

Make sure you fulfill all the requirements in order to ensure it is legally binding and if you are unsure, perhaps consider hiring a lawyer.


 

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