*MST = Medical and Surgical Treatment
**HCWWLSS = Document Concerning Health Care and Withholding or Withdrawal of Life Support Systems
***HCR= Health Care Representative
Declaration as to MST*
Each state has it's own official term for a Living Will, Durable Power of Attorney, and Advance Directive (if applicable). Here is an alphabetized list of each state with the United States along with their corresponding term for a Living Will and Durable Power of Attorney. If a one document system is available in the form of an Advanced Directive, it is also listed.
Most Americans get the basics of living wills. We understand they are binding documents to specify our medical wishes if we can’t communicate because of illness or injury. We realize they address such questions as whether we want life extending treatment while terminally ill or in a permanent coma. More of us than ever see their importance: According to a recent poll, 42% of American adults have living wills, which is a vast improvement over the mere 17% of American adults who had living wills in 1991. But 42% is not good enough.
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