Do I Need A Lawyer To Create An Advance Directive?

No. You do not need a lawyer to create an advance directive. You can use the forms available on this site. However, it is advisable to seek the advice of a qualified attorney before completing or modifying an advance directive. Please note that if you appoint an attorney­in­fact for health care decisions, a notary public or a lawyer must notarize your signature. The optional form called a witnesses' affidavit that is included among the forms in this booklet also requires a notary public or a lawyer to notarize the signature of the witnesses. This form is discussed in more detail in the next section. No other form needs to be notarized. If you have legal questions, you should consult a lawyer.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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