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A Living Will is a witnessed written document that allows a person to state ahead of time whether the person wants certain life prolonging procedures to be withheld or withdrawn in the event that the person is unable to make their own healthcare decisions and the person becomes terminally ill, in an end-stage condition, or in a persistent vegetative state.

Terminal Condition, Persistent Vegetative State and End Stage Condition (definitions)

Terminal Condition means a condition caused by injury, disease or illness from which there is no reasonable medical probability of recovery and which, without treatment, can be expected to cause death.

End-Stage Condition means an irreversible condition that is caused by injury, disease or illness which has resulted in progressively severe and permanent deterioration, and which, to a reasonable degree of medical probability, treatment of the condition would be ineffective.

Persistent Vegetative State means a permanent and irreversible condition of unconsciousness in which there is:

a) the absence of voluntary action or cognitive behavior of any kind.

b) an inability to communicate or interact purposefully with the environment.

A Living Will allows you to state what type of health care treatments, if any, you would like to receive should you ever fall into one of the categories above.

Please note that the Living Will form in our “Forms and Links” section defaults to no artificial treatment or prolonging of life in the event of terminal illness, end-stage condition or persistent vegetative state. In every circumstance, you should discuss your specific wishes with an Elder Law attorney prior to executing a Living Will form.