What is a Living Will?
A living will documents your desires for treatment in the event of a terminal or irreversible condition that requires life supportive care. It is also known as Directive to Physician.
Many mistake this for a traditional will or “last will”. However, the term living will exists solely because the document tells the world your “will” while you are alive.
Living wills tell doctors whether or not to pull the plug. It is a supplement to a Medical Power of Attorney that names loved ones who will make medical decisions for you if you are unable. If you were in a situation where you could no longer speak for yourself, and the doctors say you are going to die, would you like to pull the plug? Some people say, “GET ME OUTTA HERE!” Others say, “Hey let’s see what could happen. I want a chance.”