The FAQ’s of Estate Planning #6: What is a Living Will?

Many clients do not understand the difference between a Will and a Living Will.  The Living Will has a very different purpose than a traditional Will:

A Living Will is sometimes referred to as a  Directive to Physicians.  It allows you to direct your doctors that you do not want to be placed on life sustaining support if you are in a terminal condition or an irreversible condition.  This differs from a medical power of attorney because it is your direction to your doctor whereas the medical power of attorney is your appointment of a friend or family member to make the decisions for you.