Withdrawing Specific Treatments

The advance directive specifically names several treatments that may be withdrawn if the patient is terminal. In filling out the living will, you are saying that any or all of these treatments can be removed if you are terminal and if these don't assist with pain control. If you ALWAYS want artificial nutrition and hydration, even if you are permanently unconscious, then cross out that line and initial it. Cross out any treatment that you always want in every circumstance and initial it. (Most people do not cross out any of the treatments.)

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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