Living Wills

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Is a living will different from a living trust?

A living trust is very different from a living will. A living trust is a way to manage and control property during your lifetime and to distribute it at your death. A living will allows you to control your health care if you become incapacitated.

A living trust is very different from a living will. A livin...

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What happens if there is no living will or durable power of attorney?

A living will is a document where you give instructions about your health care if you should become incapacitated and unable to give direction yourself. A durable power of attorney (also called a “power of attorney for health care”) names a person you trust to make these decisions for you. Living wills and durable powers of attorney come into effect only if you are unable to make health care decisions for yourself.

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Will paramedics follow the instructions in my living will if they are called to my home?

Paramedics who come to your assistance when 911 is called will not change their response based on a living will. Paramedics are not doctors. Their job is to stabilize the patient and transport him or her to a hospital where decisions about treatment can be made. However, in some states, they are authorized to follow a doctor's written 'Do Not Resuscitate' order.

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