Key Components of a Living Will:
- Treatment Preferences: A living will typically outline the types of medical treatments and procedures the individual would like to receive or refuse under certain circumstances. For example, someone may choose to decline life support if they are in a vegetative state with no chance of recovery.
- End-of-Life Care: The document may express preferences for palliative care or hospice care when the individual is facing a terminal illness and prefers to focus on pain management and comfort rather than aggressive medical interventions.
- Organ Donation: Some living wills include instructions regarding organ donation, stating whether the individual wishes to donate their organs after death to help others in need.
- Legal Requirements: Living wills must comply with the specific legal requirements of the jurisdiction in which they are executed. This typically involves witnessing and notarization to ensure its validity.
- Different Than a Power of Attorney: Read more about the difference between living wills and a power of attorney by clicking here.