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A Living Will is a legal document that provides guidance on what a person wants for their end-of-life care and medical treatment. It is also known as an Advance Directive. The living will is only valid until death, and helps doctors provide care based on what is stated in the document. This is especially important around situations such as Do Not resuscitate (DNR). Create this document to help your family and doctors carry out your end of life plans. This document should be used in conjunction with a Medical Power of Attorney, which appoints an agent to make critical health care decisions on a patient's behalf.

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California Living Will: What Is It?

A California living will is more commonly known as an advanced healthcare directive. This legal document explains how you want your medical affairs handled if you are no longer able to make your own decisions. You can use a California living will to name someone to make your decisions for you, but California state law places limits on who you can choose. You may not choose your medical provider, an employee of the healthcare facility (unless they are your registered domestic partner or related to you by blood, marriage, or adoption), an operator or an employee of a community care facility (unless they are your registered domestic partner or related to you by blood, marriage, or adoption), or an operator or employee of a residential care facility (unless they are your registered partner or related to you by blood marriage, or adoption). You must sign a California living will and have it signed by two witnesses. At least one of your witnesses cannot be related to you and they cannot be entitled to any part of your estate. If you are in a skilled nursing facility, a California living will must also be witnessed by a patient advocate.

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