Living will last will and testament?

An Illinois will and will is a legal document used by a testator (the person to whom the will belongs) to indicate how his estate should be distributed upon death. A last will and will describes your last wishes for your property and your minor children. It's not effective until you die, and you can revoke or change it for as long as you live. The last will and final will you write will be one of your last legal documents to come into force.

Everyone must keep in mind the last wills and the wills in life. Both can give you and your loved ones peace of mind knowing that your wishes will be fulfilled in the event of a last will, after your death, and with a living will, sooner. Practically, a last will can also make the probate process smoother. A person writes a will while he is alive and his instructions are only carried out once the person dies.

Also known as a health care directive, this legal document allows a person (while alive and mentally capable) to empower another person to make decisions about their health care if the person signing the living will becomes incapacitated. While a final will directs the distribution of property after a person's death, a living will gives instructions on the medical care of someone who is still alive but cannot communicate their wishes on their own. A living will goes into effect when you are still alive and instructs health care providers to treat you while you are alive. If you are seriously injured in a car accident, for example, emergency medical technicians will do everything they can to revive you and keep you alive, even if your living will says you don't want life support.

A last will and a will do not take effect until after the person dies, but a living will comes into play while the person is still alive but incapacitated.