It's an unfortunate aspect of our political discourse that sensitive issues like end-of-life care sometimes get distorted by the media, demagogic politicians or special interest groups. Even so, no matter your age or state of health, it's important to think about how you'd like to be treated if you become ill, particularly if you lose the capacity to make your own decisions. To that end, a living will is an essential part of any health care plan.
In this article, we'll take a look at 10 steps to creating a living will, which is one of several types of advance directives -- legally binding documents that represent your wishes regarding your medical care. In the process, we'll go over some of the decisions you might have to make and where to turn to for help.