When drawing up estate Planning documents, including advance directives is a crucial piece. A couple of documents people may choose to create are living wills and a Do-Not-Resuscitate or more commonly known as a “DNR”. Often confused, they serve two very different purposes. A living will is designed to communicate your wishes if you become unable to communicate them yourself such in the case of a medical event leaving you in a persistent vegetative state and only takes effect upon incapacitation. A DNR states that if you stop breathing or your heart stops, no medical attempts to intervene should be made and is more common in elderly or medically frail people in which reviving them isn’t in their best interest.
So which one is right for you?
Living Will vs. Do-Not-Resuscitate