What is a Living Will?

A Living Will, more correctly described in Australia as an ‘Enduring Power of Guardianship “ (EGA) sets out instructions for what type of medical treatment, if any, you want administered in case you are unable to communicate your wishes at that time. Examples of instructions in an (EGA) include whether you want to be put on a respirator or have a feeding tube, and whether you should be resuscitated if you stop breathing. It is not a document that distributes your assets after you die. NB : The Law differs in various States/Territories; For example in NSW an EGA is a separate document in QLD its combined with Enduring Power of Attorney (EPOA). An EPOA deals with legal/financial affairs only while you are incapacitated; it terminates on your death.

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