In Oklahoma, your health care directive is called an Advance Directive for Health Care. You can use your advance directive to document your health care wishes and to name a trusted person to make health care decisions for you when you cannot make those decisions for yourself.
After you create your advance directive, you and two witnesses must sign your document. If you grant your health care agent (your representative) power over you burial or cremation, you must also have your signatures notarized. Neither of your witnesses may be:
- under the age of 18
- related to you by blood, marriage or adoption, or
- a person who might inherit from you.
After you and your witnesses sign your document, your advance directive is legally valid. Keep the original in your files and give a copy to your health care agent, if you named one. To ensure that you get the health care that you want, it’s a good idea to make your wishes widely known. So, you might also consider giving copies of your document to your physician, your hospital, your HMO or other insurance plan, and trusted family members and friends.
Review your advance directive every few years to make sure that it still reflects your wishes. Also, consider making a new directive if you move to another state, get married or divorced, or if your agent is no longer able to supervise your wishes.
Your properly finalized document will stay in effect until you revoke it, if you ever choose to do so. You can revoke it at any time. The best way to revoke your advance directive is to do it in writing. If possible, also collect and tear up all copies that you may have distributed to others. Finally, tell everyone who knows about your advance directive that you have revoked it.
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When you make an advance directive for health care with Quicken WillMaker Plus, it will conform to all of Oklahoma’s health care directive laws and it will print with plain English instructions that detail how to make it legal.