Am I Required To Make A New Advance Directive If Ive Already Completed A Living Will And/Or Durable Power Of Attorney For Health Care Before 1998?

According to a June 4, 1998 ruling from the Mississippi Office of the Attorney General, the living will form prescribed in the 1984 Living Will Law is still valid. If the forms were properly executed and signed by two witnesses, you are not required to revise your living will or Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care. If you choose to update your previous Living Will and Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care, you can combine the two documents into one Advance Health Care Directive. Additionally, by using the new optional form, you can designate a primary physician and specify other wishes that may have been left out of the earlier documents.

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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