Advance directive

a living will or durable power of attorney in which a person states his or her wishes regarding medical treatment in the event of mental incompetency or an inability to communicate.
Contemporary Examples

To be air tight, you need something called an “advance directive.”
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another name for living will

a legal document written in which the signer asks not to be kept alive by extraordinary medical effort when suffering from terminal illness or severely disabled; a prior statement of refusal to permit certain types of medical treatment; also called living will , health-care directive , directive to physicians

An advance directive takes effect if you cannot communicate your own health-care decisions.
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