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Learning About the Living Will

The Living Will - Ten Facts About This Very Important Document

by Don Drake, Connelly Law Offices, Ltd.

"Last week, we published a blog about what a will can and cannot do," said certified elder law Attorney RJ Connelly III. "In today's blog, I want to talk about living wills, their importance, and how this document came into existence. To begin with, a living will is a written record of the type of medical care you want in specific circumstances. It can be used to make treatment decisions if you are unable to communicate your wishes because you are incapacitated by an illness or injury. I choose to call it the 'no guilt' document because it serves as a valuable guide for your family, your doctors, and others if important medical decisions need to be made on your behalf without forcing them into making such an important decision at such a