What is a living will? How can I protect my wishes about medical care?

Living wills are a form of “advance medical directive.” A living will instructs medical care providers to give—or withhold—particular kinds of medical care, if you become incapacitated.

Unfortunately, living wills are not recognized by Michigan. But state law does recognize other forms of advance medical directives.

In Michigan, you can nominate a “patient advocate” to make medical decisions on your behalf if you become incapacitated. You can think of a Patient Advocate Designation as being like normal power of attorney, but specific to health care decisions. We recommend that everyone over the age of 18 prepare a Patient Advocate Designation.

To learn more about Patient Advocate Designations and other advance medical directives, ask one of our estate planning experts.