A Pennsylvania living will is also known as an advance directive. A Pennsylvania living will has an important job. It explains your desires related to healthcare and is used if you are unable to make your own decisions for medical care. A Pennsylvania living will also names an agent who will make medical decisions on your behalf. There are state laws that explain who can and can't be named as your agent. A Pennsylvania living will must be signed by two witnesses.
§ 5421 through § 5488: While the law provides competent adults with the legal right to make their healthcare decisions in advance of becoming incapacitated, it also provides physicians and other healthcare providers with the right to notify the declarant or their agent if they cannot comply with the directive in good conscience. The patient will then be entitled to a transfer to a facility that will support the directive.
When planning for the end of your life, it’s equally important to complete both a living will and a Pennsylvania last will and testament.