In Connecticut, your health care directive will include one of three documents. If you just leave health care instructions, you will make a document called Document Concerning Health Care and Withholding or Withdrawal of Life Support Systems (sometimes called a living will).If you just appoint a health care agent, you will make an Appointment of Health Care Representative . And if you name a health care agent and leave health care instructions, your wishes will be combined into a single form called Health Care Instructions and Appointment of Health Care Representative.
No matter which document you make, after you create it, you must sign it and then have it signed by two witnesses.
Although the law does not restrict who can serve as a witness, your witnesses should be at least 18 years old and the person named to serve as your health care agent and attorney-in-fact for health care decisions should not act as a witness. You and your witnesses may also sign in front of a notary public, but you are not required to do so.
After you and your witnesses sign your document, it is legally valid. Keep the original in your files and give a copy to your health care agent and attorney-in-fact for health care , 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 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 and attorney-in-fact for health care 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 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 document that you have revoked it.
Learn more about Living Wills and Medical Powers of Attorney.
When you make a health care directive with Quicken WillMaker Plus, it will conform to all of Connecticut’s living will and power of attorney for health care laws and it will print with plain English instructions that detail how to make it legal.