Handbook for Mortals : Planning Ahead : Questions and Answers About Advance Directives

What if my advance directive cannot be found?
I had a living will when I was living in one state and now Iím living in another. Do I need a new one?
What about planning for where to live when I am more disabled?
What about planning my finances?
Why do I need someone to speak for me?
My mother had a living will but the doctor ignored it. Is this common?
Is it legal to refuse life-sustaining treatment?
All of this is sort of depressing, isnít it?
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