Living Will2018-01-19T16:12:12+00:00

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)$200
Codicil to Will$125
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
Revocable Trust or Restatement of Revocable Trust (Individual) Trust or Trust Restatement only (you must have an existing revocable trust)$300
Revocable Trust or Restatement of Revocable Trust (Couple) Trust or Trust Restatement only (you must have an existing trust)$400
Revocable Trust or Restatement of Revocable Trust Package (Individual) Includes Trust, Pour-over Will, Certificate of Trust, Healthcare Directive, Financial Power of Attorney and estate folder$499
Revocable Trust or Restatement of Revocable 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
Revocable Trust or Restatement of Revocable Trust (Couple) Trust or Trust Restatement only (you must have an existing trust)$375
Special Needs Trust Designed for beneficiaries with physical or mental disabilities.$700
Irrevocable Medi-Cal and/or VA Planning Trust$700
Trust Transfer Deed and Preliminary Change of Ownership (California property)$200 ($100 discount w/trust pkg)
Trust Transfer Deed (Out-of-State property)$275 ($150 discount w/trust pkg)
Trust Transfer Deed (Timeshare)$275 ($150 discount w/trust pkg)
Description of Individual Documents (Notary fees additional)Price
Will$200
Healthcare Directive$125
Financial Power of Attorney$125
Codicil to Will$125
Trust Amendment$200 and up
Trust Transfer Deed and Preliminary Change of Ownership (California property)$200
Trust Transfer Deed (Out-of-State property)$275
Trust Transfer Deed (Timeshare)$275
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