In Wyoming, your health care directive is called an Advance Health Care Directive. After you create your directive, you must sign your document and have it notarized or signed by two witnesses. If you choose to have the document witnessed, both witnesses must be competent adults who know you personally. In addition, neither of your witnesses may be:
- your health care agent
- a treating health care provider
- an employee of a treating health care provider
- the operator of a community care facility
- an employee of an operator of a community care facility
- the operator of a residential care facility, or
- an employee of an operator of a residential care facility.
After you sign the document and have it witnessed or notarized, 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 new documents if you move to another state, get married or divorced, or if your health care 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 advance directive at any time. The best way to revoke your document 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 directive that you have revoked it.
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When you make a health care directive with Quicken WillMaker Plus, it will conform to all of Wyoming’s advance directive laws and it will print with plain English instructions that detail how to make it legal.