Finalizing an Advance Directive in Oregon

In Oregon, you and two witnesses must sign your advance directive.

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In Oregon, your health care directive is called an Advance Directive. You can use your advance directive to name a trusted person –called your health care agent -- to make health care decisions for you when you cannot make them yourself, and you can also use it to document and describe your wishes for health care. If you become incapacitated.

After you create your advance directive, you and two witnesses must sign it.

Neither of your witnesses may be:

  • your health care representative, or
  • your attending physician.

One witness may not be:

  • related to you by blood, marriage or adoption
  • an owner, operator or employee of a health care facility where you are
  • a resident, or
  • a person entitled to any part of your estate upon your death

After you and your witnesses sign the document, it 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 advance directive to your physician, your hospital, your HMO or other insurance plan, and trusted family members and friends.

Review your document every few years to make sure that it still reflects your wishes. Also, consider making a new document 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 your document 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.

Learn more about Living Wills and Medical Powers of Attorney.

Learn more about Oregon Living Wills and Advance Directives.

When you make an advance directive with Quicken WillMaker Plus, it will conform to all of Oregon’s laws about health care directives and it will print with plain English instructions that detail how to make it legal. 

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