Living Will

Understanding Living Wills and Advance Directives

A living will, a crucial component of an advance directive, empowers individuals to articulate their preferences for medical treatment and care in the event they are unable to communicate their wishes.

This legal document allows you to express your decisions regarding life-sustaining treatments, organ and tissue donation, and other aspects of healthcare. It serves as evidence of your healthcare preferences, ensuring that your wishes are respected.

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Importance of Living Wills

These can play a vital role in end-of-life care planning. By clearly outlining your healthcare choices, you provide guidance to your family and healthcare providers during challenging times. Additionally, having a living will can alleviate potential conflicts and ensure that your preferences are honored.

Resources for Living Wills and Advance Directives

When considering the creation of a living will, it’s essential to access reliable resources. The California Attorney General’s website offers a comprehensive checklist and resource guide for end-of-life care planning and information on advance health care directives. This resource can assist you in understanding the necessary steps and considerations for creating an advance directive, including a living will.

In addition, reputable healthcare institutions such as the Mayo Clinic provide detailed guides and legal instructions regarding these and other advance directives. Accessing and utilizing these resources can enhance your understanding of the importance of advance care planning and will help you make informed decisions about your healthcare preferences and ensure that your wishes are documented in a legally binding manner.


Contact a Volunteer

If you have questions, would like to discuss advance care planning further, or need help preparing your advance directives, please contact us.  A volunteer will follow up with you to find out how we can assist.

End of Life Choices California provides information and personal support regarding California’s End of Life Option Act and all other legal end-of-life options to the medical community and to the public.

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