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Living will

A document specifying the kind of medical care a person wants-or does not want-in the event of terminal illness or incapacity.

Advance Directive

A legal document expressing a person's medical wishes in the event of his/her mental or physical incapacity. An advance directive is made while the director is still competent, and comes into effect at incapacity. An advance directive may state whether or not the director wishes to be placed on life support or to receive a particular treatment. It may or may not assign another party, usually a family member, to make these decisions as they come up. It is important to note that in this situation, an advance directive is not a power of attorney and neither allows the other party access to the assignor's finances, nor obliges him/her to pay for any treatment. See also: Proxy directive.

Living will.

A living will is a legal document that describes the type of medical treatment you want -- or don't want -- if you are terminally ill or unable to communicate your wishes.

Like wills that provide instructions about your assets, living wills must be signed and have two or more witnesses to be valid.

You can use a healthcare proxy or durable power of attorney for healthcare to authorize someone to act as your agent to ensure your wishes are followed. Because there are still unresolved questions about the extent of your agent's authority, it may be wise to get legal advice in preparing the documents.

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However, living wills will hopefully prevent big banks from messing around with risky activities that jeopardize general economic health.
Living wills can be completed without speaking with anyone, increasing the pressure to provide written content that can address life and death concepts in the simplest language possible.
The living will requirement could actually yield similar results to restoring Glass-Steagall without actual re-enactment of the Depression-era la ws se parating commercial banking from investment banking, former FDIC Chairman Sheila Bair told Reuters TV earlier this month.
For the living will to be totally legal, at the time you sign it you must:
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If history is any guide, patients with living wills will remain in the minority.
But that is exactly what the laws in many states have done with the wording of their living wills.
Experts at Button and Co said making living wills legally binding would clarify the law and safeguards would almost certainly be introduced to allay fears of euthanasia.
I've read about living wills and death with dignity.
Some people are concerned that patients with living wills who have requested no extraordinary life-prolonging medical treatments in the case of a vegetative state might not have their intentions respected.
The good news is that the Schiavo case has revived public interest in living wills.