Living Wills / Power of Attorney

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Every individual has the right to refuse medical treatment for any reason. However, if that individual is unable to make decisions for themselves, their wishes must be in writing ahead of time. There are two main estate planning documents used for this purpose, a living will and power of attorney. Through a living will, a person can specify what types of emergency medical intervention and life-saving techniques they do and do not want to be undertaken on their behalf. Power of attorney can enable a family member or trusted friend to manage finances in a time of need. For more information about living wills and healthcare powers of attorney, consult the articles in this section.