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.$700
AB Trust Same documents as Trust above but as joint AB Trust$799
Trust Transfer Deed and Preliminary Change of Ownership (California property)$125 ($25 discount w/trust pkg)
Trust Transfer Deed (Out-of-State property)$150 ($25 discount w/trust pkg)
Trust Transfer Deed (Timeshare)$175 ($25 discount w/trust pkg)
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)$125
Trust Transfer Deed (Out-of-State property)$150
Trust Transfer Deed (Timeshare)$175
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