A living will is not an oxymoron. Simply put, a living will (sometimes referred to as an “advance directive”) consists of a person’s instructions for how to make medical treatment decisions in the event that he/she is unable to do so. For example, if a person is unconscious after a car accident, the living will can dictate under what circumstances the person’s life is to be prolonged. Some people choose not to have their life prolonged if they will never recover their mental faculties. A living will is different than a Last Will and Testament because a living will specifies whether medical treatment will be provided during the person’s lifetime whereas a Last Will and Testament specifies how that person would like to dispose of their assets after their death.
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Bedford, New York 10506-0022