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Heathcare Directive; Healthcare Proxy


Term Definition Heathcare Directive; Healthcare Proxy - an instrument setting forth an individualís wishes about extended medical care in the event of incapacitation.
Application in Divorce Advances in medical technology can now keep death at arm’s length almost indefinitely, but often the patient exists in a state where he or she prefers death.

No one can see the future, and medical incapacitation can be a nightmare for loved ones trying to the do the best thing for person who can no longer act as his or her own agent.

A healthcare directive or healthcare proxy is one of many documents that must be revised in the aftermath of a divorce.

See also Durable Power of Attorney and Living Will.

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