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Living Will

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A living will, also called a declaration, tells your family and doctor your wishes when you can't speak for yourself. It's used to describe treatment you want as you near the end of your life or if you get seriously hurt or ill. You can change or cancel your living will at any time.

How a living will is used

Keep these facts in mind about how a living will is used.

What to know about a living will

A living will is a legal document. Each state has its own laws about living wills. And a living will may be called something else in your state.

Here are some things to know about living wills.

Questions to ask yourself

Here are some questions to ask yourself as you make your living will.

What to do with your living will

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Current as of: March 26, 2023

Author: Healthwise Staff
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