Living Will (Health Care Directive)

Living Will
Health Care Directive

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Compare a Last Will & Testament, Living Will, and a Living Trust.

Last Will & Testament. This document is used to distribute your property to your beneficiaries after your death. If you have minor children you would also name guardians for minor children. Without this document you will leave these decisions to the laws and courts of your state. View our  Last Will & Testament  paralegal service.

Living Will. Also known as a Health Care Directive, it allows you to make important healthcare decisions if you become incapacitated. Such decisions as whether or not to remain on artificial life support, tube feeding, pain relief, etc. Usually a Health Care Power of Attorney appointing a family member or friend will be drafted at the same time allowing this person to make critical health care decisions if you are not able. View our Health Care Power of Attorney & Living Will   paralegal service.

Living Trust. We offer a Revocable Living Trust, which means you may revoke or amend it at any time. This allows you to transfer your property to your beneficiaries; yet, unlike a Last Will & Testament it is not usually subject to a probate court which can cost your beneficiaries thousands of dollars in legal and court fees. Our Revocable Living Trust allows you to transfer your property into the trust, name guardians of minor children, has health care powers of attorney, living wills, powers of attorney for finances, burial/cremation instructions and much more. View our Revocable Living Trust  paralegal service.

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A Living Will may also be called a Declaration, Living Will Declaration, Health Care Declaration, Health Care Directive, Advance Health Care Directive, Health Care Proxy and others. Sometime you will see the form named Statutory Living Will or Statutory Health Care Directive.

A Living Will is a document authorized by statutes in all states in which a person appoints someone as his/her proxy or representative to make decisions on maintaining extraordinary life-support if the person becomes too ill, is in a coma or is certain to die. In most states the basic language has been developed by medical associations or other experts and may provide various choices as to when such maintenance of life can be terminated. The decision must be made in consultation with the patient's doctor. The living will permits a terminal patient to die with dignity and protects the physician or hospital from liability for withdrawing or limiting life support.

The Living Will only states your wishes and does not name any person to be your voice while incapacitated. For this, you will need to use the Health Care Power of Attorney or you may purchase both forms together for a lesser price, see Living Will & Health Care Power of Attorney.

Copies of your Living Will should be given to all people likely to be involved in providing medical care or making decisions relating to such care. You should note on the copies the location of the original Living Will, which should be kept with other important papers; however, not in a safe deposit box unless you are not the sole person that has access to the box.

Features
  • Living Will requires witnesses and/or notarization, depending on your state. Washington State only requires two witnesses as shown in the sample below.
  • Living Will is different for each state and consists of two - five pages in length depending on State.
View Sample of a Living Will (Health Care Directive)