How to Get a Blank Living Will

By Jalisa Summerville

A living will, also known as an advanced directive, is a legally binding document recognized by 38 states and the District of Columbia, as of June 2010. This document conveys an individual's personal preferences with regard to the type of medical treatment he wishes to receive, in the event of his impending death. A few resources exist for individuals searching for a living will.

Open word processing software such as Microsoft Word or Open Office. Locate the file tool bar (usually near the top of a blank document) and click "New Document" or a similarly named option. Depending on the particular year and type of word processing software, another window should open with a "Templates" option. Scroll the templates list from top to bottom. Look for categories such as "Wills" or "Legal Documents." For example, if using Microsoft Word 2007, try the Microsoft search engine at the top of the screen if you are unable to find the document in the templates window. Enter the keyword "living will" or a similarly named term. Choose a template and double-click. Save the document and print for your personal records.

Call or email your local public library and inquire about availability of blank living wills. Many libraries often provide blank copies of important forms such as tax sheets and booklets, voter registration applications and other useful documents. Visit the library and speak with a reference librarian or other library personnel. Although librarians are unable to give legal advice, they may refer you to an agency, reference book or other document to assist you with completing the form. Browse local office suppliers such as Office Max or Staples in your area. Some stores offer fill-in-the-blank-style living wills.

Log on to the U.S. Legal Forms or Find Legal Forms websites. These sites contain access to thousands of legal forms in various categories. Each site allows customers to either download or order a living will, based on the users' respective state of residence. As of November 2010, U.S. Legal Forms' website charges $15 for living wills and Find Legal Forms assess a $6.99 fee. Package deals and discounts are available from both websites if you include additional medical forms with your living will order.

Contact an attorney specializing in living wills. Visit websites such as Find Law or Lawyers.com. Input location information using your city and state. Choose a lawyer specializing in Wills and Probates. For example, If using the Find Law website, enter the keyword "wills" or "living wills." A list of lawyers in your area will appear, along with contact information. Select and contact an attorney. Inquire about whether the attorney offers blank living will forms.

About the Author

Jalisa Summerville is a social worker and former high school occupational English teacher who began writing in 2006. She has written grants for nonprofit organizations serving underprivileged children. Summerville holds a Master of Social Work from East Carolina University.

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