What is an advance directive?

Also known as a living will, an advance directive is a legal document that lets your healthcare team know your preferences for the medical care you would want to receive in the future. This is different from a financial will that typically names someone to manage your estate or provides for the transfer of your property at death.

You do not need a lawyer to complete your advance directive – all that is required for it to be legal is your signature and the signatures of two witnesses.

Important components of an advance directive

Naming a medical durable power of attorney
Outlining your preferences for resuscitation

Examples of advance directives

Talking with your loved ones

These resources can help you have a conversation about your wishes with the people you love.

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