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Living Will and Enduring Power of Attorney under German Law

How to set up Advance Directives for Medical Treatment under German law In Germany, it is rather common to set up a Power of Attorney (Vorsorgevollmacht) and/or a Living Will (Patientenverfügung). The formal requirements for both are quite simple. Whereas a Last Will (Testament) must either be written in the testators own hand or must be recorded in the presence of a German notary (details here), both an Enduring Power of Attorney as well as…
Bernhard Schmeilzl
July 23, 2015