No, there is no legal requirement to complete an advance directive. However, if you have not made an advance directive or designated a health care surrogate, health care decisions may be made for you by a courtappointed guardian, your spouse, your adult child, your parent, your adult sibling, an adult relative or a close friend in that order. This person would be called a "proxy."
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