If there is no advanced directive who has the legal right to pull the plug – the parents or the spouse?

Asked on December 6, 2015 under Estate Planning, Michigan

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

If someone is married, then his or her spouse is the next of kin for a variety of purposes, including but not limited to making medical decisions for that person if he or she is not competent (e.g. in a persistent vegatative state) to make them him- or herself.


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