living will
liv·ing will n: a document in which the signer indicates preferences or directions for the administration and esp. the withdrawal or withholding of life-sustaining medical treatment in the event of terminal illness or permanent unconsciousness see also advance directive compare durable power of attorney at power of attorney

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

living will
n.
A document created by a person while still in relatively good mental condition stating in advance his or her wishes for medical treatment if and when he or she is no longer able to communicate and provide informed consent; see also advance directive, durable power of attorney

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


living will

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


living will
A legal document in which you state your wishes about the types of medical care you do or do not want if you are unable to speak for yourself. This document may go by many other names, including health care directive, advance directive, declaration, or directive to physicians.
Category: Divorce & Family Law → Elder Care & Seniors
Category: Wills, Trusts & Estates → Living Wills & Medical Powers of Attorney

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


living will
n. A document signed by an individual directing manner in which he wishes to be medically treated if in a vegetative or terminal state, designed to give guidance to loved ones and health care providers as to the desires of an individual if he is no longer able to properly communicate such desires.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


living will
A written document that allows a patient to give explicit instructions about medical treatment to be administered when the patient is terminally ill or permanently unconscious; also called an advance directive.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


living will
A written document that allows a patient to give explicit instructions about medical treatment to be administered when the patient is terminally ill or permanently unconscious; also called an advance directive.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

living will
n.
   also called "a durable power of attorney," it is a document authorized by statutes in all states in which a person appoints someone as his/her proxy or representative to make decisions on maintaining extraordinary life-support if the person becomes too ill, is in a coma or is certain to die. In most states the basic language has been developed by medical associations or other experts and may provide various choices as to when such maintenance of life can be terminated. The decision must be made in consultation with the patient's doctor. The living will permits a terminal patient to die in dignity and protects the physician or hospital from liability for withdrawing or limiting life support.
   See also: power of attorney

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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