A Living Will vs Advance Healthcare Directive

The Advance Healthcare Directive, and not a living will, is now the preferred and legally recognized document for end-of-life decisions by an individual who lives in California.

A living will is a limited type of advance healthcare directive. A Living Will only identifies your decisions about specific life­-sustaining procedures you want taken should you be facing imminent death from a terminal medical condition despite receiving life­-sustaining procedures or if you are permanently unconscious and in a persistent vegetative state. Alternatively, an advance healthcare directive includes these similar decisions but also provides a person with other options, including naming a specific person or persons to act as their health care agent. With a California Advance Healthcare Directive, a person can make decisions about the life-­sustaining procedures they want should they have a terminal condition, be in a persistent vegetative state and in the last phase of a progressive deadly disease.

The Advance Healthcare Directive Replaces the Living Will in California

The Advance Healthcare Directive, and not a living will, is now the preferred and legally recognized document for end-of-life decisions by an individual who lives in California. The Advance Healthcare Directive allows an individual to do more than the traditional living will document since a living will only allows a person to state their desires and wishes about which types of life-sustaining treatment they want if they are permanently unconscious or terminally ill.

Read more about the California Advance Healthcare Directive here.

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Description of Will Documents (Notary fees additional)Price
Will (individual)$125
Codicil to Will$85
Will package (individual) includes Will, Healthcare Directive and Financial Power of Attorney$250
Will package (couple) includes 2 Wills, 2 Healthcare Directives and 2 Financial Powers of Attorney$399
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Description of Trust Documents (Notary fees additional)Price
Trust or Restatement of Trust (Individual) Trust or Trust Restatement only$275
Trust or Restatement of Trust Package (Individual) Includes Trust, Pour-over Will, Certificate of Trust, Healthcare Directive, Financial Power of Attorney and estate folder$499
Trust or Restatement of Trust (couple) Joint Trust or Trust Restatement only$275
Trust or Restatement of Trust Package (Couple) Includes joint trust, 2 Pour-over Wills, Certificate of Trust, 2 Healthcare Directives, 2 Financial Powers of Attorney and estate folder$650
Special Needs Trust Designed for beneficiaries with physical or mental disabilities. Allows beneficiary use of property held in trust for his or her benefit, without interfering with the beneficiary receiving essential needs-based government benefits.$700
AB Trust Includes joint AB Trust, 2 backup Wills, 2 Healthcare Directives and 2 Financial Powers of Attorney, estate folder.$799
Trust Transfer Deed and Preliminary Change of Ownership (California property) (required to transfer real property into revocable trust)$125 ($25 discount if ordered with trust)
Trust Transfer Deed (Out-of-State property) (required to transfer real property into revocable trust)$150 ($25 discount if ordered with trust)
Trust Transfer Deed (Timeshare) (required to transfer timeshare into revocable trust)$175 ($25 discount if ordered with trust)
Description of Individual Documents (Notary fees additional)Price
Will$125
Healthcare Directive$125
Financial Power of Attorney$125
Codicil to Will$85
Trust Amendment$200
Trust Transfer Deed and Preliminary Change of Ownership (California property) (required to transfer real property into revocable trust)$125 ($25 discount if ordered with trust)
Trust Transfer Deed (Out-of-State property) (required to transfer real property into revocable trust)$150 ($25 discount if ordered with trust)
Trust Transfer Deed (Timeshare) (required to transfer timeshare into revocable trust)$175 ($25 discount if ordered with trust)
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