What Should I Do With My Advance Directive Once Ive Completed It?

Make sure that someone such as your doctor, lawyer or family member knows that you have an advance directive and where it is located. If you have designated a health care surrogate, give a copy of the written designation form or original to that person. Give a copy of your advance directive to your doctor for your medical file. Keep a file of your advance directive in a place where it can be easily found. Keep a card or note in your purse or wallet that states you have an advance directive and where it is located. If you change your advance directive, make sure your doctor, lawyer and/or family member has the latest copy.

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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