What Is A Living Will?

A living will is a legal document that lays out your preferences for medical decisions related to treatment should you become incapacitated. Sometimes called a health care directive, it says what you would like to happen in regards to life support or resuscitation if you are unable to communicate.

Under Pennsylvania law, the declaration must be signed by the person making the declaration. If you are not able to write your signature, another person can do it for you if they follow the legal procedures required. You must have a witness who is older than 18 years old.

Living Will Vs. Durable Power Of Attorney

Though important, a living will is more general and is not able to capture all of the possible situations that could occur in a medical emergency. A durable power of attorney for medical decisions goes a step further, giving another individual you trust the authority to make those decisions for you and offer informed consent if you are not able to do so.

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