A well-known, though less effective, estate planning tool is a living will. A living will is a written statement to your doctor to be considered if you are in a terminal condition with no hope of recovery. The Illinois Living Will Act releases your doctor from the responsibility of providing life sustaining treatments. Contrary to popular opinion, a living will does not apply to artificial nutrition or hydration, nor can it used to suspend treatments once they have begun.
Given the limited scope of a living will, I recommend clients execute a Health Care Power of Attorney instead of or in addition to a living will.
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