A living will and a medical durable power of attorney are advanced directives describing the kind of treatment you want or don't want if you are hospitalized and unable to make decisions on your own. The living will is a written, legal document describing exactly what measures you refuse to have when death appears to be imminent, according to Family Doctor.org. A medical power of attorney assigns the decision-making authority to someone. A living will does not authorize anyone to make medical decisions for you.
Using your preferred search engine, type in "living will forms."
Depending on the site you choose, either fill the form in online or print it blank. Complete the form online if you are allowed. Depending on the site you choose, there may be a fee.
Check with your local hospital to see it it provides free living will forms. These forms are usually available to download. You can find this information at the hospital's website or by typing "Hospital Name" & "Location" & "Living Will Forms" into your preferred search engine.
- A living will must be signed in the presence of two witnesses, according to legacywriter.com. It does not need to be notarized except in North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
- It is always wise to have a lawyer check any legal document.
- Make sure living wills are legal in your state.
- Tell someone who is close to you that you have a living will and where it is in case of emergency.