Living Will Basics

Living Will Basics

  • Anyone 18 or older and of sound mind can make a living will.
  • It must generally be witnessed by two adults who are not responsible for your medical care or related to you by blood, marriage or adoption.
  • A living will only becomes effective if you can no longer make medical decisions or communicate wishes related to your health care.
  • Keep a living will with your medical records. Copies should be given to people closest to you, doctors and patient facilities.
  • A living will doesn’t expire, but it’s a good idea to review it periodically to see if it still represents your wishes. If not, you can revoke or revise the document.
  • For more information, click here for a consumer toolkit for health care advance planning, available from the American Bar Association.

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