July 1

Advanced Directive – Living Will

Cortes Law Firm Oklahoma City Estate Planning Attorney

An advanced directive, or living will as it is sometimes called, is a written and signed document that lets people state their wishes about their medical treatment when they can no longer communicate. It provides guidance to your health care agent and medical providers about the type of treatments you would want in the event you are no longer able to make decisions for yourself. 

Living Will vs Will. It is extremely important to understand that a living will is NOT the same thing as a Will. A Last Will tells the world what you what to happen to your assets after you die. A Living Will tells people what you want to happen during your lifetime.

If doctors have determined that you are in a persistent vegetative state, in other words brain dead, then what should happen. Do you want life support? Do you want food, water and pain medication?

The truth is that we do not know what happen when someone is brain dead. Most people ask for pain medication only and wish to die peacefully.

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This is all YOUR decision!


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