An “advance directive” is a collective term for a legal document that enables individuals to make known their decisions about the kind of end-of-life care they wish to receive in the event they become incapacitated. The “living will” or “health care directive,” sets forth a person’s desires with respect to future medical care. A “health care power of attorney” involves the designation of an agent to make future decisions on a person’s behalf should he or she later become incapacitated. The “general and durable power of attorney” is an advance directive that is applied towards financial issues. Advance directives typically become effective in Wisconsin after two doctors certify that you are incapacitated, however, some general and durable power of attorney documents do not require incapacitation to be effective. To schedule a free consultation to discuss what might be right for you, contact the Pruitt Law Offices S.C. at 262-633-8301, through our website at, or visit us at 731 Main Street in Racine. We are your partners for professional service.