What Are Advance Directives?

A Maryland Law called the Health Care Decisions Act says you have the right to make health care decisions in advance, through instructions called "advance directives." An advance directive can be used to name a health care agent, and to say what your treatment preferences are, especially about medical procedures that might be used to sustain your life.

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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