Just as everyone should have a will; one should also have a living will. Assigning a family member or friend to power of attorney, in case one must be bound to healthcare, indefinitely, is also important. A living will consist of a written statement concerning one’s medical treatment desires, in case they are no longer able to do so themselves. If you wish to manage your final illness or leave legal documentation on health care instructions, then you may need a living will. If you want to allow someone to make health care decisions for you when you become unable to do so yourself, you may appoint a healthcare power of attorney to make those decisions based on their best judgment or on the terms you’ve specifically outlined within the will.