Is a living will what is used if I go into a coma, and a regular will what is used if I die?
A living will is a document that expresses your wishes for health care treatment if you become incapacitated and are terminally ill or in a coma. A Will, (Last Will and Testament), is a document that provides for the disposition of your assets, upon your death.
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Real Estate Attorney
Mr. Frederick makes a very good distinction between the documents. SC, like many states, provides a statutory form for a living will. A will is not provided by statute and must be drafted by your or an attorney after careful consideration of you, your estate and family. Here is a quick resource regarding a living will in SC:
You can also find information at the Lieutenant Governor's Office on Aging website, however remember estate planning is not just for the elderly: http://aging.sc.gov/Pages/default.aspx
I cannot yet provide a good resource for wills, since there are so many. Do a quick search on avvo for specific questions/answers or browse the web.
Ian A. Taylor
The Taylor Law Office L.L.C.
Pawleys Island, SC
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Estate Planning Attorney
A living will is an advance directive health care document that is focused on the dying process only to remove life sustaining treatment or pull the plug when two doctors have determined you are terminal and death is imminent or you are brain dead. It can be downloaded for free at
A last will and testament allows for the distribution of your probate assets when you die.
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