Will My Living Will, Executed In Maine, Be Honored In Another State?

It is possible that you may get sick, injured, or have to go to a hospital while visiting in another state. You should carry a copy of your Living Will with you in your wallet or purse, since your medical record will not be available right away to the doctors there. You should also have your Living Will witnessed by a notary public or attorney if you travel sometimes and are concerned about how your Living Will may be treated in another state. Whether the doctors there follow your directions depends on whether that state has a Living Will law similar to Maine's. As of June 1992, at least 41 states recognized Living Wills.

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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