There are three kinds of advance directives: Proxy Directive ("durable power of attorney for health care") lets you name a "health care representative," such as a family member or friend, to make health care decisions on your behalf. Instructive Directive ("living will") lets you state what kinds of medical treatments you would accept or reject in certain situations. Combined Directive, which lets you do both.
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