The primary difference between power of attorneys and living wills is that a POA is designated to make decisions on your behalf. A living will on the other hand is simply a document that lists your medical preferences in certain scenarios. It can be referenced when making decisions about your health, but it’s not an appointed agent that can make thoughtful decisions regarding more complex health care issues.

For this reason, it is a good idea to have both in place when planning for your future.

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