What are advance directives?

What is a living will?

How do I obtain a living will?

How do I revoke a living will?

What is a power of attorney?

What is a medical power of attorney?

How do I appoint someone to make health care decisions for me as my representative under a medical power of attorney?

How do I revoke a medical power of attorney?

What is a financial power of attorney?

How do I appoint someone to make financial decisions for me as my agent under a power of attorney?

How do I revoke a financial power of attorney?

What is a health care surrogate?

What is a Do-Not-Resuscitate (DNR) Order?

How do I obtain a Do-Not-Resuscitate (DNR) Order?

How do I revoke a Do-Not-Resuscitate (DNR) Order?

What are guardians and conservators?

I want my child or friend to take care of my affairs when I am no longer able to do so. What should I do to make sure he/she will have the power to act when that time comes?

Will the person I appoint to manage my affairs in my durable power of attorney be dismissed in a guardianship proceeding if I become incapacitated?

My parent is in a nursing home and he/she is not lucid. I would like to be able to pay his bills, take care of his house, and whatever else needs to be done. Is there any way I can do this?

How can I avoid being kept on life support if I am in an accident and not expected to recover?

If I get really sick, I do not want to be resuscitated by CPR only to suffer longer or to artificially prolong my life. Is there any way to avoid CPR when I don’t want it?

What kinds of things should I write into the “special directives and limitations” section of my living will or medical power of attorney?