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A Living Will is a legal document in which a person expresses in advance his or her wishes concerning the use of artificial life support. The Living Will is then referred to should the person be unable to communicate such wishes at the end of life. Typically, living wills are used to direct loved ones and doctors to discontinue life-sustaining measures such as intravenous feeding, mechanical respirators, or cardiopulmonary resuscitation that the patient would reject were he or she able. Without clear and convincing evidence of a person’s wishes (such as a living will), life support may be continued indefinitely because of hospital policies, fear of liability, or a doctor’s own moral beliefs, even if the family knows the patient’s wishes would be otherwise. Living wills are often used in conjunction with a Health Care Power of Attorney, which authorizes a previously chosen person to make health-care decisions in the event of incapacity. To ensure that your wishes are carried out contact Ernst & Associates Today for your Free Initial Consultation!