Living wills are often called medical directives or may be part of a healthcare power of attorney. A living will is also a close relative of a Do Not Resuscitate Order. Twenty-five years ago the idea of a living will or advance directive was quite controversial. However, in this day and age almost every estate planning client who comes to Checkett & Pauly wants to be sure there will be no heroic medical procedures when they are clinically dead with no chance for recovery. It is important that you have a well drafted and comprehensive living will. In our experience the living will forms that are given out by hospitals and over the Internet are a poor substitute for what really needs to take place in a time of emergency. Your family and physicians must know your wishes. A living will coupled with a healthcare directive is a straight forward document that will save you and your family both heartache and thousands of dollars.