In Kansas, your health care directives can include one or two documents, depending on your wishes. If you want to leave instructions for your health care, you may make a living will (sometimes called a declaration). If you want to name a person to make health care decisions for you (called your health care agent), you will make a durable power of attorney for health care decisions. Most people benefit from making both documents.
After you create your documents, you must sign them and have them notarized or signed by two witnesses.
If you choose to have your declaration witnessed, neither of your witnesses may be:
If you choose to have your power of attorney witnessed, neither of your witnesses may be:
After you sign your documents and have them witnessed or notarized, they are legally valid. Keep the originals in your files and give copies 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. You might also consider giving copies of your declaration and power of attorney to your physician, your hospital, your HMO or other insurance plan, and trusted family members and friends.
Review your documents every few years to make sure that they still reflect 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 documents will stay in effect until you revoke them, if you ever choose to do so. It’s best to revoke 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 declaration and power of attorney that you have revoked them.
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 Kansas law. It will also print with plain English instructions that tell you how to make it legal.