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Is A General Durable Power Of Attorney Or A Living Will Still Needed?

Although the function of a general durable power of attorney is beyond the scope of this FAQ, a grantor of a revocable living trust should also consider establishing a general durable power of attorney to accomplish objectives which cannot be attained with a trust and to complement what is accomplished by a trust. A living will has an entirely different function from a revocable living trust and the two should not be confused. Whether a person has a trust ordinarily has no bearing on the decision to have (or not to have) a living will.