Since a living will generally covers very specific issues like "DNR" (or "do not resuscitate"), it may not deal with other important medical concerns you might have.

For example, you may have selected a spouse as your agent but now you've now divorced.

Another reason you may need to update your living will is if you've moved.

This is why it's often a great idea to have both documents in your estate plan.

While you'll be responsible for setting out your wishes in your living will form, selecting an agent to enact these wishes when you're incapable is an incredibly important choice.

Keep in mind you can (and should) select an alternate agent in the event your primary agent cannot be reached or is otherwise incapable of enacting the choices you've made in your living will.

Living wills are usually updated for the same reasons as a last will and testament, namely after important life and family events.

But while a living will is generally limited to deathbed concerns only, a durable power of attorney for healthcare covers all health care decisions.

It lasts only as long as you are incapable of making decisions for yourself.

Also, be sure your agent is, above all else, mature and responsible.

Carrying out the healthcare decisions of a friend or family member is no easy task.

Living Will Form, Advance Health Care Directive, Advance Directive, Advance Medical Directive.