How Should An Advance Directive Be Written And Witnessed?

Standard forms for writing an advance directive are available. This form can be signed as it is or changed to meet your wishes. You may also write your own. You should sign and date it in front of two adult witnesses, or you may have it notarized. Your witnesses should also sign and date the advance directive. It is not necessary to hire an attorney. However, it is strongly suggested that you consult with a qualified estate­planning attorney before completing the forms.

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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