Advance directives are documents you put in place ahead of time, that give direction to your agent or the appropriate person to act in situations where you are not able to do so yourself. The Power of Attorney and Health Care Proxy are key documents if you are planning ahead. A Living Will can be problematic, as discussed below, and a DNR (“Do Not Resuscitate”) directive should be executed only if it is consistent with your wishes.

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