An advance directive is a legal form you fill out to say what kinds of medical care
you want if you aren't able to make decisions for yourself. It tells your family and
your doctor what to do if you're badly hurt or have a serious illness that keeps you
from saying what you want.
There are two main types of advance directives: a living will and a medical power
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