What Might A Living Will Say?

You might express your wishes in general terms; such as "Do whatever is necessary for my comfort, but nothing further." Or, "I authorize all measures be taken to prolong my life." You might express desires about the use of specific medical interventions, such as a respirator, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), surgery, and blood transfusions. You could authorize experimental or non­traditional treatment. You should express your wishes concerning food and water administered through tubes.

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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