Living Will

"I was planning to be a baseball player until I ran into something called a curveball. And that set me back." - Ben Chandler.

A Living Will, alternately referred to as an "Advance Directive", is a witnessed document through which a person may give detailed instructions about their own end of life care, including the specific circumstances under which extraordinary or "heroic" measures are authorized to be terminated, such as artificial respiration, hydration and feeding.

Preparation of the Living Will can be a very great favor to a person's loved ones, relieving them from difficult end of life choices. Also, most hospitals will insist upon execution of a Living Will before a person undergoes hospitalization for surgery or other life threatening conditions. Alabama law specifies the precise language and manner of execution of valid Living Wills.