What is the best way to begin the process of writing a living will?
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Hi - I am not an attorney, so nothing I say here is legal advice - you will need to consult with an attorney in your state to draft the actual document and assist you in getting it in effect. A Living Will is only one piece of a well-rounded estate plan. You should also consider a Will to govern the disposition of your estate and a Durable Power of Attorney for financial powers and for health care decisions. That being said, a Living Will (technically a Health Care Directive) allows you to state your preferences for extraordinary medical treatment in the event you are unable to state your choices. A typical Living Will states your preferences for artificial nutrition such as a feeding tube or intravenous fluids and what medical measures should be taken to keep you alive in a life or death situation such as a heart attack, stroke, car accident, etc. A good place to start would be to find a sample Living Will on the internet and review it with a family member and make some choices about what you'd like yours to say. Then I'd schedule a meeting with a local attorney to get your wishes put into a legal document and put into effect (Notarization is often required). Good luck!