Do you know the difference between a Living Will and a Health Care Power of Attorney?

A Living Will states a person’s wishes when the person is suffering from an “incurable or irreversible condition”. For example, if someone was in a car accident and suffered major trauma, a living will can tell medical providers whether or not the person would like to go on life support.

A Health Care Power of Attorney is a longer statement of a person’s wishes and addresses the person’s health care goals. Folks suffering from a long term illness may find such a document useful.

For more detailed information and links to free life planning documents, check out our article on titled Life Planning Documents (FAQ and Write-in-the-Blank Forms).

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