A “Living Will” is defined as an instrument, signed with the formalities statutorily required for a “Will” (i.e., “Last Will”), by which a person directs that his or her life not be artificially prolonged by extraordinary measures when there is no reasonable expectation of recovery from extreme physical or mental disability. (Black’s Law Dictionary, 9th Edition).
Pa Legal Terms – “Pa Living Wills” – Note
Most states have “Living Will” legislation. See […] Advance Directive.
Pa Legal Terms – Reference
“The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter – it’s the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.” (Mark Twain).
In keeping with Mark Twain’s astute observation, this category of posts will focus on the proper and accurate definitions of legal terms that are so often misused in today’s social atmosphere, television and radio media, and society in general.
As I so often implore everyone to always know what you are doing before you do it, I shall cite Black’s Law Dictionary, as my source.
As stated in Wikipedia, “Black’s Law Dictionary is the most widely used law dictionary in the United States. It was founded by Henry Campbell Black. It is the reference of choice for definitions in legal briefs and court opinions and has been cited as a secondary legal authority in many U.S. Supreme Court cases. The latest editions, including abridged and pocket versions, are useful starting points for the layman or student when faced with an unfamiliar legal word.”
In keeping with Mark Twain’s quote, let’s try to separate the lightning bugs from the lightning.
Please always know what you are doing before you do it.