Advanced Directive and Living Will

Why an advanced medical directive is important

Under Alabama law, you have the right to control the decisions relating to the rendering of your own medicalcare, including, without limitation, the decision to have medical procedures, life-sustaining treatment, andartificially provided nutrition and hydration provided, withheld, or withdrawn in instances of terminal conditionsand permanent unconsciousness. Any competent adult may execute an Advanced Directive (living will) directingthe providing, withholding, or withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment and artificially provided nutrition andhydration. Artificially provided nutrition and hydration cannot be withdrawn or withheld pursuant to the living will unless specifically authorized therein.

You can specify a wide range of options that you would like the like for the advanced directive to cover, such asreceiving medical treatment that allows you to live as long as possible, or that you want to receive medicaltreatment unless you are in an irreversible coma, or that you decline any extraordinary measures and choose to diea natural death.

You can also appoint a Health Care proxy to make health care decisions for you when you are unable to do soyourself, and to allow for your proxy to have access to your Protected Health Information.

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