Finalizing Living Wills or Health Care Powers of Attorney in Arizona

In Arizona, your living will and health care power of attorney must be either notarized or witnessed by at least one person.

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In Arizona, your health care directive can include both a living will and health care power of attorney. After you create your documents, you must sign them and then either have them 1) witnessed by at least one person or 2) notarized. If you choose to have the document witnessed, you may choose to have one or two witnesses.

If you choose to have one witness, your witness may not be:

  • any person involved in providing your health care
  • related to you by blood, marriage or adoption, or
  • entitled to any part of your estate by operation of law or under your will.

If you have two witnesses, your witnesses do not need to meet the last two requirements on the list above.

If you choose to have your document notarized, the notary may not be:

  • your health care agent, or
  • any person involved in providing your health care.

After having your documents witnessed or notarized, it is legally valid. Keep the original in your files and give a copy to your 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 documents 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 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 documents 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 health care directives that you have revoked them.

Learn more about Living Wills and Medical Powers of Attorney.

Learn more about Arizona Living Wills and Health Care Powers of Attorney.

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

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