A Delaware Living Will - sometimes confused with an Advance Directive - is a crucial part of a patient's medical records, which all too often do not indicate the appropriate palliative care measures the patient desires. Most people do not have adequate paperwork when illness strikes. In the absence of a legal will, all decisions about medical care become the responsibility of the spouse, the children, and other family members - or even a third party. These people may not be aware of the patient's wishes, or they may not choose to follow the patient's unwritten verbal directives.
In most states, a person can extend their will to cover dangerous situations - like severe injuries or situations when the doctors expect the patient to remain unconscious for the rest of their life even if terminal illness or a life-threatening injury is not currently present.
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A Delaware Living Will is regulated by Chapter 25 (Health-Care Decisions) of the Delaware Code. The document must be dated and signed in the presence of two (2) adult witnesses. Each witness must state in writing that they are not prohibited from being a witness.