No, you do not need a lawyer to complete your advance directive or living will. However, you may want to consult a private attorney before filling out your advance directive, or if you want to make modifications to it. The advance directive form needs to be signed in the presence of witnesses and it is recommended, although not required, that it also be signed in the presence of a notary. An advance directive is established by completing an Advance Health Care Directive Form. An advance directive enables you to give instructions about your own health care.
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