Unlike a Last Will and Testament, which distributes the assets of an estate after the testator passes away, a living will provides for medical care and medical care decisions in the event that you become incapacitated. A living will can be changed any time so long as you are alive and have the capacity to understand the decisions you are making.
Now, more than ever, it is important to have a Living Will.
A living will is the instrument by which you state your preferences for healthcare and end of life decisions. You can provide, for example, that if you become incapacitated and are unable to eat or drink except by artificial means, or have an incurable condition that is likely to cause your death, that you would prefer to forgo life saving treatment. You can provide a DNR order as well.
These are decisions you should consider thoroughly before making, and discuss with your family and loved ones. In the unfortunate event that one of the conditions in your living will comes to pass, your family will be able to know, for certain, that they are acting in accordance with your wishes, even if you are unable to convey them.
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