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Living Will or Advance Directive

Living Will or Advance Directive

Maybe you’ve already noticed.  When you visit many healthcare providers, including hospitals, you are likely asked if you have a living will or advance directive.  This occurs even if your procedure or office visit appears far from life-threatening.  (In case you are not sure, a living will is the same as an advance directive.)

Why do you need a living will?  The most obvious reason is that nothing in medicine or life is completely guaranteed or predictable.  Therefore, you need to be prepared.    Essentially, that means stating your wishes and medical priorities so that there are no questions if you are unable to speak for yourself.   You should be aware that everyone may face unplanned misfortunate events that require someone else to be in charge.

Our New Jersey advance directive attorneys can guide you through the planning process to ensure your wishes are documented.  For example, it may be that your preferences are a part of your religious beliefs.  Of course, there’s also the chance that you are suffering from a progressive disease.  You may have particular feelings about life support or resuscitation.

At the New Jersey Law Offices of DiFrancia & DeDona P.C., we will ensure that your living will is drafted in accordance with your wishes and instructions.    We will also discuss how the execution of your advance directive works.

Advance Directive or Healthcare Power of Attorney

You may be confused about the difference between an advance directive and a healthcare power of attorney.   A healthcare power of attorney is used to appoint an individual to make decisions concerning your medical care.  That person is only able to do so when you are unable to act on your own behalf.   There are no particular mandates imposed on the healthcare representatives, other than that they should act according to your best wishes.

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