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Advance Directives and Living Wills: State-Specific Forms

Advance Directives and Living Wills: Overview

As you are in the beginning stages of planning out your estate, you will soon encounter the dual notions of advance directives and living wills. While this can seem overwhelming, it doesn't need to be. Putting your health care wishes in writing now, will save a lot of hassle for family members in the future. It is a way to document your wishes concerning medical treatments at the end of life. Now for the semi-confusing part. Every state has different laws and regulations regarding the procedure and substance relating to a living will.

Below you will find key information and resources pertaining to each individual state and where to go to find a local estate planning attorney to help you make these decisions and learn about the law.

Consumer's Tool Kit for Health Care Advance Planning

(The American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging)

Alabama Advance Directive for Health

(Alabama Hospital Association)

Alaska Advance Health Care Directive

(Alaska Health and Social Services)

[PDF] (Alaska Legal Services Corporation)

Arizona Advance Directives

(Arizona Attorney General)

Arkansas Advanced Directives (Living Will, Do Not Resuscitate Orders, etc.)

(Arkansas Legal Services Partnership)

California Advance Health Care Directive sample

(California Medical Association)

Colorado Living Will forms

(The Memorial Hospital, Craig, Colorado)

Connecticut Living Will - Advance Directives

(Connecticut Office of the Attorney General)

Delaware Delaware's Advance Health Care Directive Form

(Delaware Health and Social Services)

District of Columbia Advance Directive

[PDF] (Georgetown University Hospital)

Florida Living Wills, Health Care Surrogates, and Advanced Directives

(The Florida Bar)

Georgia Advance Directive for Health Care

(State Bar of Georgia)

Hawaii Advanced Health Care Directives

(The University of Hawai'i)

Idaho Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care

(Idaho Public Television)

Illinois Statement of Illinois Law on Advance Directives

Includes Living Will Declaration Form, Declaration for Mental Health Treatment Form, Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) Order, and Power of Attorney for Health Care. (Illinois Department of Health)

Indiana Advance Directives

(The Indiana Association for Home & Hospice Care, Inc.)

Iowa Living Will (Advance Care Directives)

(Iowa State Bar Association)

Kansas Living Wills and Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care forms

(Kansas Bar Association)

Kentucky Kentucky Living Will Packet

[PDF] (Kentucky Office of the Attorney General)

Louisiana Advance Directives

(Louisiana-Mississippi Hospice and Palliative Care Organization)

Maine Advance Health-Care Directive Form

[PDF] (Maine Attorney General)

Maryland Advance Directives

(Attorney General of Maryland)
Psychiatric Advance Directive(Michigan Department of Community Health)

Massachusetts Health Care Proxy Information and Forms

(Massachusetts Medical Society)

Michigan Writing an Advance Directive

(University of Michigan Health System)

Minnesota Health Care Directive

[PDF] (Minnesota Attorney General)

Mississippi Advance Directives

(Louisiana-Mississippi Hospice and Palliative Care Organization)
Advance Health-Care Directive

[PDF] (Mississippi State Department of Health)

Missouri Advance Directives

(Missouri Attorney General)
Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care and Health Care Directive(The Missouri Bar)

Montana Advanced Directives

(Montana Cancer Center)

Nebraska Advance Directives

(Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services)
Creating Advance Directives

Nebraska-specific copy of a Living Will form and Power of Attorney for Health Care. (Nebraska Hospice and Palliative Care Partnership)

Nevada Advance Directives

(Nevada HHS - Division of Health Care Financing and Policy)

New Hampshire Advance Directives

(N.H. Health Access Network Foundation for Healthy Communities)

New Jersey Advance Directives for Health Care

[PDF] (State of New Jersey Commission of Legal and Ethical Problems in the Delivery of Health Care)

New Mexico Advance Health Care Directive

(State Bar of New Mexico)

New York Health Care Proxy

(New York Department of Health)
Living Will and Health Care Proxy Forms (New York State Bar Association)

North Carolina Advance Directives

Includes forms for durable power of attorney, health care power of attorney, and a living will. (North Carolina Division on Aging)

North Dakota Health Care Directive

(Legal Services of North Dakota)

Ohio Living Will and Healthcare Power of Attorney

(Ohio Hospice & Palliative Care Organization)

Oklahoma Advance Directives

(Oklahoma Palliative Care Resource Center)

Oregon Advance Directive

[PDF] (Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services, Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance (SHIBA))
ORS Title 13, Ch. 127 - Advance Directives for Health Care (Legislative Counsel Committee of the Oregon Legislative Assembly)

Pennsylvania Advance Health Care Declarations (Living Will)

[PDF] (Pennsylvania Bar Association)

Rhode Island Living Wills and Power of Attorney

Includes a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care and a Living Will. (Rhode Island Department of Health)

South Carolina Health Care Power of Attorney

(South Carolina Dept. of Health and Human Services)

South Dakota Advance Directives

(Rapid City Regional Hospital)

Tennessee Advance Directive Forms and Information

(Tennessee Department of Health)

Texas Advance Directives: Forms and Handbooks

(Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services)

Utah Advance health care directives

(Center on Aging)

Vermont Advance Directive for Health Care

(Vermont Ethics Network)

Virginia Advance Medical Directives

(Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association

Washington Advance Directives

(Washington Medical Asso.)

West Virginia Advanced Directive Forms & Law

(West Virginia University)

Wisconsin Advance Directives - Forms

(Wisconsin Dept. of Health & Family Services)

Wyoming Advanced Directives

(Wyoming Dept. of Health)

Learn More About Advanced Directives in Your State: Call an Estate Planning Lawyer

Every state has different laws and regulations relating to advance directives and living wills. While you don't need to be a lawyer to figure this all out, you should contact one if you're planning your estate and trying to put your wishes down on paper. There's a lot at stake should you need such a legal documen, so call an estate planning lawyer in your state today to learn more.

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