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A living will is a document which expresses your desire not to be kept on artificial life prolonging medical procedures when there is no prospect for your recovery from a serious illness, or when you are terminally ill. In your living will you may give certain health care directives and even name an Agent to make medical decisions on your behalf if you are unable to make such decisions. Most of those who sign a living will want to avoid being kept alive by technology if they are in a vegetative state or to prolong the dying process.

I have also produced a “wallet-sized living will,” which is the same form as our standard living will, reduced in size and encased in a plastic sleeve. This wallet-sized living will should be kept in your wallet or purse (it’s the size of a credit card) or in the glove box of your car — so it’s available in the event of an emergency. This wallet-sized living will is very popular with my clients.