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What Is The Difference Between A Living Will And A Last Will and Testament?

by Rania Combs

Many people confuse Living Wills with Last Wills and Testaments. They sound similar, but serve very different purposes.

A Living Will, also known as a Directive to Physicians, is a document that allows you to instruct your physicians to administer, withdraw or withhold artificial, life-sustaining treatment in the event you are diagnosed with a terminal or irreversible condition and are unable to make your own health care decisions.

A Last Will and Testament, on the other hand, is legal document that allows you to direct how your property will be distributed when you die. A Will gives you the opportunity to name a person you trust to oversee the management and distribution of your assets, appoint a guardian to care for any minor children, and can create trusts for the benefit or your spouse or children.


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  1. Edward E Hays

    May 15, 2018 at 9:46am

    How and where to do last and living wills ?

    1. Rania Combs

      May 29, 2018 at 5:16pm

      I recommend you engage a lawyer to assist you with your Will and living Will.

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