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Living Wills 101

When Does A Living Will Become Effective?

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A Living Will goes into effect as soon as it is executed in the manner called for by state law.  It does not have to be filed officially.

The instructions for treatment only become enforceable when each of the following are present:

  • You are close to death and in a coma or coma-like condition or incoherent.
  • You cannot communicate your own wishes for your medical care: orally, in writing, or with gestures.
  • Your medical providers are aware of the existence and the terms of your Living Will.

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