What Is The Difference Between A Living Will And A Health Care Proxy?

A Living Will is a document in which you can give specific instructions about your health care treatment, as well as express your attitudes and wishes about your health care. A Health Care Proxy is different because it allows you to choose someone you trust to make treatment decisions on your behalf in case you lose your decision­making capacity. With a Health Care Proxy, you don't need to know in advance what will happen to you or what your medical needs might be in the future.

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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