A Maryland Living Will - sometimes confused with an Advance Directive - is crucial for patients looking for more control over the medical treatment they would want in the event of incapacitation. When a person falls seriously ill with no hope or recovery, arguments concerning artificial life support or certain treatments can arise amongst their family when trying to decide on an outcome.
With a signed and legal will with all wishes clearly stated, the patient can make pre-plan all procedures regarding palliative care, life support, and life-sustaining treatment. The paperwork should be given careful thought and be talked about with the patient's family, physician, and health care providers since they will be tasked with implementing the specified wishes and procedures.
A Maryland Living Will is regulated by Title 5 (Death) Subtitle 6 (Health Care Decisions Act) of the Maryland Code and defined in § 5-619. The written or electronic form must be dated and signed before two witnesses. Any competent individual may serve as a witness.