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Living Wills in the Shadow of the Schiavo Case

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Living Wills in the Shadow of the Schiavo Case

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Living Wills in the Shadow of the Schiavo Case

Living Wills in the Shadow of the Schiavo Case

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In light of the court battle over the fate of Terri Schiavo, the brain-damaged Florida woman who died Thursday, many Americans have been looking into drawing up living wills. We speak with the American Bar Association's expert on living wills.

The highly public court fight over Schiavo's fate — and who exactly had the right to make those decisions for her — encouraged thousand of Americans to look into drawing up living wills. Many questions have been asked as a result, from the particulars of power of attorney to differences in state law.

Guest:

Nancy Coleman, director of The American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging

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