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A California Living Will helps communicate your end-of-life healthcare wishes even if you're unable to state them in the future. Without it, on top of sorting through their emotions, your loved ones might not know how you'd like to be taken care of, which makes things even harder for them. A Living Will communicates your preferences, so your family and medical professionals know what to do.

Use the California Living Will document if:

  • You're making sure your loved ones aren't put in the position of making important end-of-life healthcare decisions for you.
  • You're about to draft a complete estate plan, and want to make sure life-sustaining treatments are covered.

A California Living Will is very important if you want to do everything you can to take care of your family. Without it, the people close to you might have to guess about your end-of-life wishes and may make the wrong decision. Your family will do the best they can, but why put them in that situation? They won't know what you would have wanted unless you tell them, preferably in writing. The right legal document helps you get the treatments you want. It's part of a complete estate plan, but you can also draft up a California Living Will on its own. From dialysis to CPR, it's important to have what you'd like and not like in writing. Planning ahead now can avoid a lot of pain and heartache down the road for you and your loved ones. A Living Will is a good way to ensure your health care wishes are granted in California.

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