This is part one in a four-part series dedicated to an in-depth examination of advance directives: who is eligible to make an advance directive, what it is, how to create one, and what to do with the document after it is complete.

Who is eligible to make an advance directive?

Every competent person has the right to make decisions concerning his or her own healthcare, including the right to choose or refuse medical treatment. When a person becomes unable to make decisions due to …

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