In Illinois, a comprehensive Advance Directive requires the completion of two separate forms. The first is a Living Will, while the second is a Health Care Power of Attorney (a.k.a. Health Care Proxy).

Required Details for the Last Will and Testament To be legitimate, your IL Living Will must be signed by you and two (2) witnesses.
Illinois Advance Directive Form
Required Information for naming a Health Care Proxy:
For your IL Health Care Proxy form to be considered genuine, you and two (2) witnesses must sign it. Witnesses CAN NOT be:
  • An attending physician, a provider of mental health services, or a relative of the physician or provider.
  • An owner, operator, or relative of an owner or operator of the healthcare facility you are a patient or resident of.
  • A parent, sibling, descendant, or spouse of a parent, sibling, or descendant of either the patient or any agent or successor agent under the preceding power of attorney, regardless of whether the relationship is via blood, marriage, or adoption.
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)