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    Default Advance Directives and Durable Powers

    My question involves estate proceedings in the state of: California

    If a patient is conscious, in pain and objecting to life-saving treatments that were specifically prohibited in the Advance Directives, are the doctors required to honor the Advance Directives and to not perform the treatments, or are they at liberty to provide the life-saving treatments? Since the patient is conscious and can make decisions, do the doctors need to consult with the person holding the Durable Power? Does reduced capacity due to pain have any bearing?

    Thank you.

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    Default Re: Advance Directives and Durable Powers

    If the patient is mentally competent, the patient's wishes govern treatment.

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