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What Is the Difference Between a Living Will and a Last Will & Testament?

A last will and testament dictates the way that that your assets will be distributed and utilized following your death. Most other posthumous decisions are addressed in this document. A living will, on the other hand, states your wishes regarding life support in the event that you’re in a persistent vegetative state or irreversible coma and cannot communicate your wishes.

After your death, the living will can grant consent to an autopsy, bequeath anatomical gifts, and direct the disposition of your remains (whether you wish to be buried or cremated, or neither).