Beaufort, Morehead City, and New Bern, North Carolina, Estate and Trust Attorney
THE LIVING WILL
A living will is a declaration of your desire for a natural death, in that you do not want extraordinary medical treatment used to keep you alive if there is no reasonable hope of recovery. You must follow certain requirements to make your living will effective. You must (i) be of sound mind when you sign your living will, (ii) make certain required statements and elections in the documents, and (iii) sign the document in the presence of two (2) witnesses and a Notary Public.
If your doctor determines that your condition is terminal and incurable, or that you are in a persistent vegetative state, and a second doctor confirms this opinion, your doctor may then, according to the terms of your living will, withhold extraordinary medical treatment, including but not limited to artificial hydration/nutrition.