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Information about advance directives, such as living wills and durable power of attorney for health care decisions, are available to you.

A living will provides clear instructions regarding a person's choice of extended or aggressive types of medical care, such as whether you wish machines to be used to prolong life, or whether you wish an attempt to be made to restart your heart if it stops. This document is prepared while you are fully competent, in case you become unable to make this decision at a later time.

The durable power of attorney for health care decisions gives you the right to appoint another person to speak for you if you become incapable of expressing your medical treatment preference. An attorney should prepare this document so that it conforms to state laws and court precedents.

Finally, you may wonder if you should write a will. The answer is yes. No one likes to think about his own mortality, but everyone should have a will to ensure that those who survive you will know how to carry out your wishes regarding your possessions and other aspects of your estate. This document should be prepared with your attorney.


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Reviewed by Sujana Movva, MD on July 26, 2015
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