What is a "living will"?

A "living will" or an "advance directive" is sometimes used to refer to a document that details what you want to have happen if you become ill and cannot communicate your wishes about medical treatment. It is quite common, for example, for people to write a "living will" indicating that they do not want to be kept alive through artificial measures if they have no hope of recovery. "Living will" provisions may also be added to a power of attorney for personal care so that you can be sure your attorney is aware of them.