How to Get Forms for Living Wills

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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 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.

Web Search

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.

Print form.

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 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.



About the Author

Based in North Carolina, Carol Taber has been writing since 2008. Her work is published on her blog, A Second Cup, and on various other websites. She is currently a features writer for The Wake Weekly and holds a Bachelor of Arts in accounting from the University of New York at Buffalo.