If you wish to execute or make a living will:
- You must be at least 18 years old and be of sound mind.
- You must sign and date the document.
- Two persons must witness your signature and they must be at least 18 years old.
- The Living Will/Advance Directive does not need to be, but should be notarized.
- It can be changed at any time by you. In which case you should destroy the old one and advise others of the change. The same procedure must be compiled with as with the original.
- You should give a copy to your family and your doctor, your attorney or clergy person, if you desire. Keep a copy in a secure place which is accessible by others if you become unable to act on your own behalf.
- If you do not have a Living Will/Advance Directive, decisions concerning your medical care (if you are in a coma or permanent vegetative state) will be left to your spouse or family members. Your wishes may not be followed without written guidance.