Massachusetts recognizes Health Care Proxies but there is no law in Massachusetts governing Living Wills and there is no standard Living Will form for Massachusetts. You can create your own. Again, this is not legally valid but it can guide your Health Care Proxy and your physicians about the types of choices you would make.

Required Information for Naming a Health Care Proxy: You and two (2) witnesses must sign your MA Health Care Proxy form for it to be considered valid.
Massachusetts Advance Directive Form
Other resources for Massachusetts:

Death Certificates
Click here to download the application for a certified Massachusetts death certificate.

Digital Estate Planning Laws
Law: HD 3489 Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act
Description: This legislation has been introduced in Massachusetts but hasn't been approved yet.
Status: The pending legislation lists January 1, 2020 as the effective date

Death With Dignity Legislation (a.k.a. Aid-In-Dying or Physician-Assisted Death)
  • House Bill 1998 titled “An Act Affirming a Terminally Ill Patient’s Right to Compassionate Aid in Dying” was introduced to the Joint Committee on Public Health in January 2013. It has yet to pass.

Organ Donation Registries
Massachusetts Organ Donation registry official link.

MOST (Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment) Form
Download the MOLST form for Massachusetts residents.

Probate Laws
Estate And Inheritance Tax Rate
  • The top estate tax rate is 16 percent (exemption threshold: $1 million)