In Illinois you must fill out two separate forms to have a complete Advance Directive. The first form is a Living Will and the second is a Power of Attorney for Health Care (a.k.a. Health Care Proxy).
Required Information for the Living Will: You and two (2) witnesses must sign your IL Living Will for it to be considered valid.

Illinois Advance Directive Form
Required Information for naming a Health Care Proxy:
You and two (2) witnesses must sign your IL Health Care Proxy form for it to be considered valid Witnesses CAN NOT be:
  • An attending physician, mental health service provider or relative of the physician or provider.
  • An owner, operator, or relative of an owner or operator of a healthcare facility in which you are a patient or resident
  • A parent, sibling, descendant, or any spouse of such parent, sibling, or descendant of either the patient or any agent or successor agent under the foregoing power of attorney, whether such relationship is by blood, marriage, or adoption an agent or successor agent under the foregoing Power of Attorney.
Other resources for Illinois:

Death Certificates
Digital Estate Planning Laws:
Law: HB 4648 Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act
Description: This law authorizes a decedent’s personal representative or trustee to access and manage digital assets and electronic communications. [Read the full Bill]
Status: Effective August 12, 2016

Death With Dignity Legislation (a.k.a. Aid-In-Dying or Physician-Assisted Death)
  • Illinois has no legislation
Organ Donation Registries
Illinois Organ Donation registry official link.

POLST (Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment) Form
Download the POLST form for Illinois residents.

Probate Laws

Estate And Inheritance Tax Rate
  • The top estate tax rate is 16 percent (exemption threshold: $4 million)