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Can family override living will?

Posted on: October 5th, 2021 by EOS Healthcare Marketing

Can a family member override an advance directive?

One of the greatest benefits of making an advance directive is the peace of mind you get from knowing your healthcare wishes will be followed, even when you can no longer make those decisions yourself. You may be wondering how solid of a document an advance directive really is. For example, is it possible for a family member to override it? Let’s take a closer look at this possibility.

In short, it is possible for a doctor or your appointed healthcare agent to make medical decisions on your behalf that are different from what you write in your advance directive. Any other person would not have the opportunity to override your advance directive. If you have concerns about this, you can discuss them with your appointed healthcare agent and doctor, so they fully understand your wishes.

If you would like to get started on your end-of-life planning, please contact us now. We help you prepare the various documents and answer your questions.