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What Is An Advance Healthcare Directive?

An advance healthcare directive, such as a living will, is a legal document that sets forth a person’s end-of-life healthcare treatment desires. Generally, an advance healthcare directive does not become effective until a person is not able to make decisions for him/herself and unless the person has a terminal condition, is an irreversible coma, or is in a persistent vegetative state with no reasonable chance of recovery.

The provisions in living wills generally span a continuum from rejecting all treatment to requesting all treatment and everything in between.


This brief overview of some important considerations associated with advance healthcare directives is by no means comprehensive. Always seek the advice of a competent professional when making important legal decisions.


Steve Cook is an estate planning attorney at Cook & Cook. Although his office is located in Mesa, Arizona, he represents clients throughout the Phoenix, Arizona Metropolitan area including the following east valley cities: Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Tempe, Chandler, & Gilbert.

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