Advance Directive Forms For Every State

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If you’ve had a medical checkup lately, your doctor may have asked you about a living will or advance directive. These legal documents explain your health care preferences if you are unable to communicate. An advance directive also identifies a specific person to speak on your behalf, if you can’t speak for yourself. This person is sometimes called your healthcare proxy or healthcare power of attorney.


Each state has slightly different legal requirements for living wills. To make your task easier, we’ve gathered form and instruction links for every state.


You won’t need a lawyer to make your living will official, but most state do require signing the document in front of two witnesses. In many states, documents must also be signed in the presence of a notary public.


A living will or advance directive won’t do much good if it’s locked up at home or in a safe deposit box. The best way to share your wishes is to make copies for your primary care doctor and close family.

Link to directions and forms for completing a living will or advance medical directive in every state.

Alabama


Advance directive and living will form


http://www.alaha.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/advdirective.pdf


Alaska


Advance health care directive booklet (PDF download)


http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/director/documents/advancedirective.pdf


Arizona


Electronic filing of advance directives


https://www.azsos.gov/services/advance-directives


Arkansas


Aging with Dignity website with links to approved forms


http://humanservices.arkansas.gov/dms/oltcDocuments/addirect.pdf


California


Coalition for Compassionate Care of California


http://coalitionccc.org/tools-resources/advance-care-planning-resources/


Colorado


Colorado Advance Directives Consortium


http://coloradoadvancedirectives.com/


Connecticut


Living wills and advance directives


http://www.ct.gov/ag/cwp/browse.asp?a=2130&bc=0&c=19278


Delaware


Delaware’s Advance Health Care Directive Form


http://www.dhss.delaware.gov/dsaapd/advance1.html


Florida


State of Florida advance directives and living wills


http://www.floridahealthfinder.gov/reports-guides/advance-directives.aspx


Georgia


Download the Georgia Advance Directive for Health Care


https://aging.georgia.gov/services/get-advance-directives


Hawaii


Advance directives example from the University of Hawaii


http://www.hawaii.edu/uhelp/UHCDA/AdvDirFrms/AdvanceDirectiveBrochure.pdf


Idaho


Idaho has an online state health care directive registry.


https://sos.idaho.gov/hcdr/index.html


Illinois


Advance directives forms and information from Department of Public Health


http://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/health-care-regulation/nursing-homes/advance-directives


Indiana


State of Indiana advance directive resource center


http://www.in.gov/isdh/25880.htm


Iowa


University of Iowa advance directive resources


https://uihc.org/advance-directives


Kansas


Advance directive guides from The University of Kansas School of Law


http://guides.law.ku.edu/medicaldecisionforms


Kentucky


Attorney General living will packet


http://ag.ky.gov/family/consumerprotection/livingwills/documents/livingwillpacket.pdf


Louisiana


A Louisiana living will is called a State of Louisiana Declaration. Information and forms are located at: http://www.sos.la.gov/OurOffice/EndOfLifeRegistries/Pages/default.aspx


Maine


Maine Health Care Advance Directive Form


http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/oads/aps-guardianship/documents/advdirectivesform.pdf


Maryland


Maryland Attorney General advance directive information and downloads


http://www.marylandattorneygeneral.gov/Pages/HealthPolicy/AdvanceDirectives.aspx


Massachusetts


Information about health care proxies, living wills and letting your family know about your preferences for life sustaining medical treatments.


http://www.mass.gov/courts/case-legal-res/law-lib/laws-by-subj/about/healthproxy.html


Michigan


Michigan Department of Health information about advance directives.


http://www.michigan.gov/mdhhs/0,5885,7-339-71547_2943_70663—,00.html


Peace of Mind Registry is a website to complete and file a copy of your Michigan advance directive online.


https://www.mipeaceofmind.org/


Minnesota


Advance directive information from the Minnesota Department of Health


http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/fpc/profinfo/advdir.htm


Mississippi


Mississippi advance directive form


https://www.health.msstate.edu/healthcenter/forms/ADVANCE_HEALTHCARE_DIRECTIVE.pdf


Missouri


http://www.caringinfo.org/files/public/ad/Missouri.pdf



Montana


Montana’s End-of-Life Registry and information about advance directives


https://dojmt.gov/consumer/end-of-life-registry/


Nebraska


Advance directive information from the University of Nebraska Medical Center


https://www.nebraskamed.com/patients/advance-directive-living-will


Nevada


Living will and power of attorney information and forms


http://www.nvlivingwill.com/faq.html


New Hampshire


New Hampshire Advance Care Planning Guide


https://www.nhhca.org/files/2015/04/ACPGuide.pdf


New Jersey


Advance directive forms and frequently asked questions


http://www.state.nj.us/health/advancedirective/ad/forums-faqs/


New Mexico


New Mexico offers extensive information about advance directives and end-of-life planning on a state website called New Mexico Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment (NM MOST).


http://www.nmmost.org


New York


Advance care planning website from the New York Department of Health


https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/conditions/dementia/adv_care_planning.htm


North Carolina


North Carolina Advance Health Care Directive Registry


http://www.sosnc.gov/ahcdr/


North Dakota


Download the North Dakota Health Care Directive form from the North Dakota State University Aging Well website.


https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/aging/documents/NDHealthCareDirectiveLegalDocument.pdf


Ohio


Advance directive and living will forms from the Ohio Bar Association


https://www.ohiobar.org/ForLawyers/MemberResources/LegalResources/Pages/StaticPage-269.aspx


Oklahoma


Information and downloadable advance directive forms from the Oklahoma Department of Health website


https://www.ok.gov/health/Data_and_Statistics/Center_For_Health_Statistics/Health_Care_Information/Advance_Directives/


Oregon


State of Oregon website for advance directive information and forms


http://www.oregon.gov/DCBS/shiba/topics/Pages/advancedirectives.aspx


Pennsylvania


Advance directive forms from Penn Medicine


https://www.pennmedicine.org/for-patients-and-visitors/patient-information/patient-rights-and-safety/advance-directives


Rhode Island


Living wills and power of attorney from the Rhode Island Department of Health


http://www.health.ri.gov/lifestages/death/about/livingwill/


South Carolina


Advance directive brochure and information from the state website


http://www.caringinfo.org/files/public/ad/SouthCarolina.pdf


South Dakota


Living will download form from the State Bar of South Dakota


http://www.statebarofsouthdakota.com/p/cm/ld/fid=14


Tennessee


Advance Directives for Health Care Decision Making


https://www.tn.gov/health/health-program-areas/health-professional-boards/hcf-board/hcf-board/advance-directives.html


Texas


Texas Health and Human Services advance directive information


https://hhs.texas.gov/laws-regulations/forms/advance-directives


Utah


Utah advance Health Care Directive forms and instructions


http://aging.utah.edu/programs/utah-coa/directives/


Vermont


Advance directives from healthvermont.gov


http://www.healthvermont.gov/systems/advance-directives


Virginia


Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services


http://www.virginiaadvancedirectives.org/home.html


Washington


Healthcare directives from End of Life Washington


http://endoflifewa.org/advance-directive/


West Virginia


Advance directive forms and upload registry at the West Virginia Center for End-of-Life Care


http://wvendoflife.org/for-patients/


Wisconsin


Forms from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services


https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/forms/advdirectives/adformspoa.htm


Wyoming


My Choices booklet with form downloads from Wyoming Medical Center


https://wyomingmedicalcenter.org/patients-visitors/advance-directives