Finalizing an Living Will and Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care in Idaho

Idaho does not require witnesses or notarization for a living will or power of attorney for health care. However, witnesses are still a good idea.

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In Idaho, your health care directive is called an Finalizing an Living Will and Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care. Idaho law does not require that your documents be witnessed or notarized. However, witnesses are recommended to avoid concerns that the document was forged, that you were forced to sign it or that it does not represent your wishes. If you choose to have your documents witnessed, your witnesses should be at least 18 years old and your health care agent (if you named one) should not act as a witness.

After you sign your 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 living will and power of attorney for health care 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 living will and power of attorney for health care 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 it 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 living will and power of attorney that you have revoked it.

Learn more about Living Wills and Medical Powers of Attorney.

Learn more about Idaho Living Will and Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care.

When you make a health care directive with Quicken WillMaker Plus, it will conform to all of Idaho’s laws about living wills and powers of attorney for health care. And it will print with plain English instructions that detail how to make it legal. 

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