Advanced Directive

An Advance Directive for Health Care is a written legal document which allows you to instruct your attending physician whether or not you wish to be given life-sustaining treatments and artificially administered nutrition (food) and hydration (water) and to give other medical directions that impact the end of life. Its purpose is to recognize your right to control some aspects of your medical care and treatment, primarily the right to decline medical treatment or direct that it be withdrawn even if death ensues. An Advance Directive for Health Care may include a living will, the appointment of a health care proxy (a proxy is a person authorized to act for another) and directions for organ donation.

Any person of sound mind who is 18 or older.


It is a particular type of property ownership by which two or more persons may own real estate or personal property together. It differs from other types of co-own­ership in several respects, the most commonly known is that upon the death of one joint tenant, his or her interest automatically passes to the surviving joint tenant, who becomes sole owner.

Because of the “survivorship” feature. If one co-owner dies, his or her interest terminates in favor of the survivor rather than passing according to the will of the deceased owner or under the laws of inheritance.