advance directive
advance directive n: a document (as a living will or durable power of attorney) in which a person expresses his or her wishes regarding medical treatment in the event of incapacitation

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

advance directive
n.
A document such as a living will or durable power of attorney that describes the kind of medical care a person wishes to receive if he or she becomes incapacitated.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


advance directive
a declaration by a person in relation to medical treatment (usually to instruct that it stop) to provide for a situation in which he might himself be unable to comment, e.g. the so-called living will. The US Supreme Court established the right for a person to refuse medical treatment, which in the case of a comatose patient can be difficult to establish: Cruzan v . Missouri Department of Health, 497 US 261 (1990). This is an issue that is troubling most legal systems because it raises moral, philosophical and practical questions.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


advance directive
A legal document that allows you to set out written wishes for your medical care and to name a person to make sure those wishes are carried out. (See also: living will, durable power of attorney for health care)
Category: Wills, Trusts & Estates → Living Wills & Medical Powers of Attorney

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


advance directive
n. A durable power of attorney that becomes effective if and when one becomes incompetent, and that directs the limit to what medical procedures should be employed to prolong one's life.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

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