An Advance Health Care Directive, also known as an Advance Directive, is a legal document that specifies how you wish to be cared for at the end of your life.
To complete an Advance Health Care Directive, you must define the types of treatments you do and do not want at the end of your life (Living Will) and name a person to ensure that your health care wishes are carried out (Health Care Proxy or Health Care Power of Attorney).
Each state has its own Advance Directive forms; however, there is a rising push for the adoption of a global Advance Directive that would be valid in all states. In certain states, the Living Will and Health Care Proxy forms are integrated into a single document, whilst in others, they are different documents. Once you have completed your state's documents and had them signed or notarized (depending on your state's requirements), they are legally binding, but you may revoke or amend them at any time. Listed in alphabetical order below are advance directive forms for each state.