If I Have An Advance Directive, When Would It Take Effect?

Under the terms of the durable power of attorney for health care, the patient advocate has power to make decisions for you if and when you become unable to make medical treatment decisions. A living will only takes effect if two conditions are met: 1) you become terminally ill or permanently unconscious, and 2) you become unable to participate in medical treatment decisions.

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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