A living will is an advance directive document. In some states, a living will may also be called a health care declaration or health care directive. It is an "advance" document because you state your wishes concerning medical treatment ahead of time. It is a "directive" because it allows you to choose medical treatments instead of family members or the hospital.
A living will can provide critical information to your treating physician at a time when you may be unable to communicate your wishes.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Each state will have its own laws about living wills and other advance directives. This sample living will may need to be modified or there may be a more suitable form provided to you through your state or your military installation.
This is an easy-to-use interactive form. The program will create a sample living will and instructions with language refusing life-sustaining treatments if you are terminally ill and unable to make your own medical decisions or if you are permanently unconscious.
All you need to do is:
- Answer a few simple questions.
- Print out your form.
- Proofread and sign in front of witnesses.
- Interactive Form Packet currently unavailable.
- Sample Form is attached.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: You must have Microsoft Word or Word Viewer installed on your computer to use the interactive form packet. You can download Word Viewer for free here.
You must have Adobe Reader to view the sample form packet. You can download Adobe Reader for free here.
Resource Date: November 2015
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