In Rhode Island you must fill out two separate forms to have a complete Advance Directive: A Living Will called "Declaration of Desire For A Natural Death" and a "Durable Power for Healthcare" (a.k.a. Health Care Proxy).

Required Information for the Living Will: You and two (2) witnesses must sign your RI Living Will for it to be considered valid. The witnesses CAN NOT be related to you by blood or marriage.


Required Information for Naming a Health Care Proxy: Your signature must be Notarized OR two (2) witnesses must sign your RI Health Care Proxy form for it to be considered valid.
  • Witnesses MUST be:
  • At least eighteen (18) years old
  • A Rhode Island resident
  • Witnesses CAN NOT be:
  • A person you designate as your agent or alternate agent
  • A health care provider
  • An employee of a health care provider
  • The operator of a community care facility
  • An employee of an operator of a community care facility
Rhode Island Advance Directive Form
Other resources for Rhode Island:

Death Certificates

Digital Estate Planning Laws:
Law: HB 5778
Description: Regulates fiduciary and designated recipient access to digital assets relating to probate practice and procedure by creating the "Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act" to promote uniformity of the law among states that enact it. Additional insight: "The revised act gives fiduciaries some authority to manage digital assets, but it also provides privacy protections for the owners of the digital assets and legal protections for the companies who create and store digital assets." [Source: CLA]
Status: Effective July 15, 2019

Death With Dignity Legislation (a.k.a. Aid-In-Dying or Physician-Assisted Death)
  • Rhode Island has no legislation

Organ Donation Registries
Rhode Island Organ Donation registry official link.

POLST (Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment) Form
Rhode Island doesn’t currently have a POLST program (check the status here).

Probate Laws
Title 33: Probate Practice and Procedure

Estate And Inheritance Tax Rate
  • The top estate tax rate is 16 percent (exemption threshold: $1,561,719)