Living Will versus Health Proxy – What are the Differences – Overview
By: Martin M. Shenkman, CPA, MBA, JD
Living Will and Health Proxy.
What is the difference between them.
Living will is a statement of health
A health proxy is a legal document in
which you designate a person, called agent, to handle
health care decisions for you.
Why you need both.
Living will is not legally recognized
in all states.
Health proxy should focus on powers
given to your agent, not the details of your personal
You need both so that both personal
wishes are made known and someone has the authority to act.
Just naming an agent is not enough.
Issues to consider:
Who to name.
Never name joint agents.
Will the agent really be able to make
the tough decisions?
Will the agent respect your
Address funeral and burial
Describe personal wishes - whatever
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