Living Will Definition

A legal document expressing one's intentions regarding future healthcare, life-support, resuscitation, etc. in the event that one becomes incapable of giving informed consent.
Webster's New World
A document in which the signer states his or her wishes regarding medical treatment that sustains or prolongs life, especially by invasive or extraordinary means, for use if the signer becomes mentally incompetent or unable to communicate.
American Heritage Medicine
A document signed by an individual directing manner in which he wishes to be medically treated if in a vegetative or terminal state, designed to give guidance to loved ones and health care providers as to the desires of an individual if he is no longer able to properly communicate such desires.
Webster's New World Law

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