Must I Give Written Instructions About My Treatment?

No. You can simply name a patient advocate. But, remember that your advocate can only have life­sustaining care stopped if you say so in your durable power. It is probably better to have written instructions because then everyone can read them and understand your wishes. If you do not want to name an advocate, you can write a "living will" stating your choices. Even though there is not a Living Will law in Michigan, courts and health care providers still find these documents useful because they show your choices for care. Or, you can simply make sure your family and caregivers know what you want if you were to get sick. It is important for hospitals to understand your wishes. Writing them down makes it clear what you want.

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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