What Is An Advance Directive?

An Advance Directive is a type of written or verbal instruction about health care to be followed if a person becomes unable to make decisions regarding his or her medical treatment. Because you prepare an Advance Directive when you are competent, it will be followed during periods of time when you lack capacity to make medical treatment decisions. There are several different types of Advance Directives, including a health care proxy, a living will, and a do not resuscitate (DNR) order. Each one of these is described in these FAQs.

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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