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Your Voice, Your Choices: Thinking about Living Wills and Advance Directives

 I'll be the first to admit it: sometimes we breeze over the discussion of Advanced Directives and Living Wills discussion during estate plan consultations. And I'm pretty sure that a lot of clients don't really grasp the depths of these critical documents. Here's a pretty good guide and discussion of the issues and documents that relate to this topic.  A recent saga from a case in Oklahoma helps illustrate how complex this "simple" question can really be even when the client actually has a Living Will in place. The individual had a valid Living Will in place, but as her situation deteriorated, her family found themselves grappling with emotional turmoil, legal uncertainties and conflicting opinions. This post provides a good outline of the case, history and the issues that the courts and family had to deal with.  Moral of the story? Here a few key points to keep in mind when dealing with a Living Will question: Execute a document. ( Don't pull a Terri Sc