It’s a novel concept for lawyers to say less, rather than more, but the time has come to rethink our surrogate health care decisionmaking. We lawyers pride ourselves on being completionists—we draft documents to cover every contingency, no matter how remote or unforeseen, because after years of practice, we’ve seen so many oddball situations. But, by and large, the majority of our clients are best served when things are simple—when they can understand what the ...

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