Living Will Definition – The difference between a Living Will and a Last Will and Testament is like the difference between apples and oranges.
Hi, I’m Gary DeWitt, Estate Planning Attorney in Northwest Arkansas.
Living Will Definition
The Living Will definition I like to use is that it is a document that describes the healthcare you will get
- If your end is imminent
- You lack capacity to make your own decisions
- You can’t voice or gesture your decisions
Living Will Definition – Major Points
A good Living Will takes into account 2 major things.
The first are the medical procedures that you do not want if the end appears to be near. You can choose whether or not you get CPR, ventilation, antibiotics, minor surgery, pain relieving drugs, etc.
The second part is your choice for artificial nutrition and hydration. In other words, a feeding tube and IV for fluids. You can choose to have neither, one or the other, or both. Personally, I don’t want a feeding tube.
Living Will Definition – Read Carefully
The only thing to remember when you are filling out a Living Will is to read carefully or get advice from an attorney. Some Living Wills are worded in the negative and you mark or initial the things you don’t want.
More Information About Living Wills
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