living will


Definition of living will 

: a document in which the signer requests to be allowed to die rather than be kept alive by artificial means if disabled beyond a reasonable expectation of recovery — compare advance directive

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But in any case, for those workers who can pick their job location, the cost of living will be about the same at all three. Mike Rosenberg, The Seattle Times, "Will Amazon’s HQ2 sink Seattle’s housing market?," 13 Nov. 2018 Moving to another state with no tax on benefits but a higher cost of living won't do you much good. Maurie Backman, USA TODAY, "These 5 moves will shrink your Social Security benefits," 11 June 2018 Does your parent have a will, a living will and powers of attorney for health care and finances?, "Don't do it alone! Here's how to build a caregiving team," 25 Apr. 2018 Things might look good, but a higher cost of living will dampen the excitement unless the Fed acts soon. Peter Crabb, idahostatesman, "Job market is good, but wages aren’t rising as much as cost of living," 20 June 2018 Those documents include a power of attorney, a power of attorney for health care, a living will, a standard will, a living trust and guardianship/conservatorship. Robert Powell, USA TODAY, "5 steps to ease your worries about money, health in retirement," 16 May 2018 Young men making the transition from foster care to independent living will have a softer landing at the new Trinity House, a group home that had its grand opening last week on the east side. Maureen C. Gilmer, Indianapolis Star, "Trinity House will be home to young men aging out of foster care," 6 July 2018 Moving usually isn't cheap, and moving to a big city where the cost of living will trend higher can be intimidating., "How Much It Costs To Live In The U.S. Cities With The Most Jobs," 3 July 2018 The legal document is called a living will, or advanced directive. Cynthia Sewell, idahostatesman, "4 women sue Idaho over law that voids your living will if you're pregnant," 31 May 2018

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1969, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of living will

law : a document in which you say what medical decisions should be made if you become too sick or injured to make those decisions

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Medical Definition of living will 

: a document in which the signer requests to be allowed to die rather than be kept alive by artificial means in the event of becoming disabled beyond a reasonable expectation of recovery — see advance directive

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Legal Definition of living will 

: a document in which the signer indicates preferences or directions for the administration and especially the withdrawal or withholding of life-sustaining medical treatment in the event of terminal illness or permanent unconsciousness — see also advance directive — compare health care power of attorney at power of attorney

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