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State Laws on Pregnancy and Health Care Directives

If you’re pregnant your health care wishes may be overruled by your state law.

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State Restrictions on Health Care Agents

Your health care agent is the person that you name in your health care directive to work with your doctors to direct your healthcare and make treatm...

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Living Will or Advance Directive Registries: Should You Use Them?

One of the most important parts of making a living will or advance health care directive is making sure others know where to find your document if it ...

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What Health Care Directives Are Called in Your State

Living wills, health care powers of attorney, and advance directives go by different names in different states.  Below, you’ll find a chart that...

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Do-Not-Resuscitate Orders

Depending on your health and your preferences, you may want a DNR order when you’re thinking about end-of-life documents.

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Wyoming Living Wills and Advance Health Care Directives: What You Need to Know

Why do you need a living will and power of attorney for health care (called an advance health care directive in Wyoming)? If you become unable to dir...

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Wisconsin Living Wills and Powers of Attorney for Health Care: What You Need to Know

Why do you need a living will and power of attorney for health care in Wisconsin? If you become unable to direct your own medical care 

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Vermont Living Wills and Advance Directives: What You Need to Know

Why do you need a living will and power of attorney for health care (called an advance directive in Vermont)? If you become unable to direct your own...

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Utah Living Wills and Advance Health Care Directives: What You Need to Know

Why do you need a living will and power of attorney for health care (called an advance health care directive in Utah)? If you become unable to direct...

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Texas Living Wills and Medical Powers of Attorney: What You Need to Know

Why do you need a living will and medical power of attorney in Texas? If you become unable to direct your own medical care 

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Tennessee Living Wills and Advance Care Plans: What You Need to Know

Why do you need a living will and power of attorney for health care (called an advance care plan in Tennessee)? If you become unable to direct your o...

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South Dakota Living Wills and Durable Powers of Attorney for Health Care: What You Need to Know

Why do you need a living will and durable power of attorney for health care in South Dakota? If you become unable to direct your own medical care

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South Carolina Living Wills and Health Care Powers of Attorney: What You Need to Know

Why do you need a living will and health care power of attorney in South Carolina? If you become unable to direct your own medical care 

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Rhode Island Living Wills and Durable Powers of Attorney for Health Care: What You Need to Know

Why do you need a living will and durable power of attorney for health care in Rhode Island? If you become unable to direct your own medical care

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Pennsylvania Living Wills and Advance Directives: What You Need to Know

Why do you need a living will and power of attorney for health care (called an advance directive in Pennsylvania)? If you become unable to direct you...

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Oregon Living Wills and Advance Directives: What You Need to Know

Why do you need a living will and power of attorney for health care (called an advance directive in Oregon)? If you become unable to direct your own ...

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Oklahoma Living Wills and Advance Directives for Health Care: What You Need to Know

Why do you need a living will and power of attorney for health care (called an advance directive for health care in Oklahoma)? If you become unable t...

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Ohio Living Wills and Health Care Powers of Attorney: What You Need to Know

Why do you need a living will and power of attorney for health care (called a durable power of attorney for health care in Ohio)? If you become unabl...

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North Dakota Living Wills and Health Care Directives: What You Need to Know

Why do you need a living will and power of attorney for health care (called a health care directive in North Dakota)? If you become unable to direct ...

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North Carolina Living Wills and Health Care Powers of Attorney: What You Need to Know

Why do you need a living will and power of attorney for health care (called a health care power of attorney in North Carolina)? If you become unable ...

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New York Living Wills & Health Care Proxies: What You Need to Know

Why do you need a living will and power of attorney for health care (called a health care proxy in New York)? If you become unable to direct your own...

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New Mexico Living Wills and Advance Health Care Directives: What You Need to Know

Why do you need a living will and power of attorney for health care (called an advance health care directive in New Mexico)? If you become unable to ...

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New Jersey Living Wills and Proxy Directives: What You Need to Know

Why do you need a living will and power of attorney for health care (called a proxy directive in New Jersey)? If you become unable to direct your own...

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New Hampshire Living Wills and Advance Directives: What You Need to Know

Why do you need a living will and power of attorney for health care (called an advance directive in New Hampshire)? If you become unable to direct yo...

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Nevada Living Wills and Durable Powers of Attorney for Health Care: What You Need to Know

Why do you need a living will and durable power of attorney for health care in Nevada? If you become unable to direct your own medical care

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Making a Will in Nebraska

What can I do with a Nebraska will? A will, also called a "last will and testament," can help you protect your family and your property. You can use ...

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Nebraska Living Wills and Durable Powers of Attorney for Health Care: What You Need to Know

Why do you need a living will and power of attorney for health care (called a durable power of attorney for health care in Nebraska)? If you become u...

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Montana Living Wills and Health Care Powers of Attorney: What You Need to Know

Why do you need a living will and power of attorney for health care (called a durable power of attorney for health care in Montana)? If you become un...

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Missouri Living Wills and Durable Powers of Attorney for Health Care: What You Need to Know

Why do you need a living will and power of attorney for health care (called a durable power of attorney for health care in Missouri)? If you become u...

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Mississippi Living Wills and Advance Health Care Directives: What You Need to Know

Why do you need a living will and power of attorney for health care (called an advance health care directive in Mississippi)? If you become unable to...

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Michigan Living Wills and Patient Advocate Designations: What You Need to Know

Why do you need a living will and power of attorney for health care (called a patient advocate designation in Michigan)? If you become unable to dire...

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Massachusetts Living Wills and Health Care Proxies: What You Need to Know

Why do you need a living will and power of attorney for health care (called a health care proxy in Massachusetts)? If you become unable to direct you...

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Maryland Living Wills and Advance Directives: What You Need to Know

Why do you need a living will and power of attorney for health care (called an advance directive in Maryland)? If you become unable to direct your ow...

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Living Wills and Powers of Attorney for Health Care: An Overview

If you're like most people, you aren't eager to spend time thinking about what would happen if you became unable to direct your own medical care becau...

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Types of Health Care Directives

Health care directives allow you to inform medical professionals and family members about what kind of care you want when you can't communicate those ...

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Living Wills & Health Care Powers of Attorney in Your State

Select your state to learn about your state's laws. Alabama

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Kentucky's Living Will and Health Care Surrogate Designation: What You Need to Know

Why do you need a living will and power of attorney for health care (called an advance directive in Kentucky)? If you become unable to direct your ow...

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Illinois Living Wills and Durable Powers of Attorney for Health Care: What You Need to Know

Why do you need a living will and power of attorney for health care (called a durable power of attorney for health care in Illinois)? If you become u...

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Idaho Living Wills and Durable Powers of Attorney for Health Care: What You Need to Know

Why do you need a living will and power of attorney for health care (called a living will and durable power of attorney for health care in Idaho)? If...

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Will Medical Personnel Honor My Health Care Documents?

After you've gone to the trouble of writing down your wishes for medical treatment in a living will or advance directive, you may be concerned about w...

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Hawaii Living Wills and Advance Health Care Directives: What You Need to Know

Why do you need a living will and power of attorney for health care (called an advance health care directive in Hawaii)? If you become unable to dire...

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Florida Living Wills and Designations of Health Care Surrogates: What You Need to Know

Why do you need a living will and power of attorney for health care (called a designation of health care surrogate in Florida)? If you become unable ...

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D.C. Living Wills and Powers of Attorney for Health Care: What You Need to Know

Why do you need a living will and durable power of attorney for health care in D.C.? If you become unable to direct your own medical care

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Delaware Living Wills and Advance Health Care Directives: What You Need to Know

Why do you need a living will and power of attorney for health care (called an advance health care directive in Delaware)? If you become unable to di...

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Choosing Your Health Care Agent

When you make a durable power of attorney for health care, the most important decision you will face is deciding who your health care agent should be.

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California Living Wills and Advance Health Care Directives

Why do you need a living will and power of attorney for health care (called an advance health care directive in California)? If you become unable t...

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Arizona Living Wills and Health Care Powers of Attorney

Why do you need a living will and power of attorney for health care (called a health care power of attorney in Arizona)? If you become unable to di...

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Alaska Living Wills and Advance Health Care Directives: What You Need to Know

Why do you need a living will and power of attorney for health care (called an advance health care directive in Alaska)? If you become unable to dire...

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Alabama Living Wills and Advance Directives for Health Care: What You Need to Know

Why do you need a living will and power of attorney for health care (called an advance directive for health care in Alabama)? If you become unable to...

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