Must I Make Decisions Now About My Future Medical Treatment?

No. You do not have to have a durable power or living will and you do not have to tell anyone your wishes. You can still make treatment choices while you are competent. If you are no longer competent, but you have made sure your family and caregivers know what you would want, it will be easier to follow your wishes. If you have not made your wishes known to family and caregivers, a court may have to name a guardian to make decisions for you.

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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