California Living Will & Health Care Forms
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Make your Living Will Today! A living will is a document that allows you to specify what should be done about life-sustaining procedures if, in the future, your death from a terminal condition is imminent despite the application of life-sustaining procedures or you are in a persistent vegetative state.
Living Will California - Advance Health Care Directives
Statutory Health Care Directive including Power of Attorney for Healthcare, Living Will, Anatomical Gift, Primary Physician Designation
» This healthcare directive allows you to name another individual as agent to make health care decisions for you if you become incapable of making your own decisions or if you want someone else to make those decisions for you now even though you are still capable. It also lets you give specific instructions about any aspect of your health care, whether or not you appoint an agent. The form also contains provisions for anatomical gifts and primary physician designation.
Health Care Power of Attorney Forms
Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care
»This form is a durable power of attorney for health care. This document gives your agent authority to consent, to refuse to consent, or to withdraw consent to any care, treatment, service, or procedure to maintain, diagnose, or treat a physical or mental condition. This power is subject to any statement of your desires and any limitations that you include in this document. The principal must list his/her desires, special provisions, and limitations. This form may be also used to specify the agent's authority to authorize an autopsy, anatomical donation, or disposition of remains. The principal may also use this form if he/she wants to limit the term of the durable power of attorney.
Although the term Living Will may indicate that it is a Will, in reality, it is more similar to a Power of Attorney than a Will. Therefore, don't be confused by the title of the document. The purpose of a living will is to allow you to make decisions about life support and directs others to implement your desires in that regard.
Some States use documents with other names which serve the same function as a Living Will.
Q: If I make a living will, does that assure that the Courts will not get involved and that family members will not be allowed to fight over the decision I make in the Living Will about whether I desire to continue life support?
A: No, but it changes the facts and reduces the chances that your wishes would not be followed. Family members could still dispute the medical opinions that you will not recover.
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