Life Care Planning

April 24, 2021

Making sure your wishes are followed is something we all feel strongly about.   Talking with your loved ones about your wishes is important but taking the time to complete your Advance Directives is an imperative step to ensuring your wishes are followed.  Life Care Planning is the process of deciding your medical wishes and who you want to carry them out, in case you are unable to do so. This provides a documented way for you to express your wishes, whatever they may be, so you receive the treatment you want if you can no longer communicate. Hopefully, having your wishes clearly stated will help those close to you avoid the pain of trying to guess what you would or would not want done.  The following documents are provided as a resource. You do not need a lawyer to help you fill these out but please consult a professional if you have further questions.

Arizona Attorney General Advanced Directive Packet Click Here

California Advanced Health Care Directive FormClick Here

Florida Designation of Health Care Surrogate Click Here

Minnesota Health Care Directive Click Here

Ohio Health Care Power of AttorneyClick Here

Pennsylvania Advance Health Care DirectiveClick Here

Texas Living Will Directive Click Here

Wisconsin Power of Attorney for Health Care Click Here

New Mexico Optional Advance Health Care Directive Form Click Here

Note:  This form is optional. In New Mexico, you do not have to use any form; instead, you may tell your doctor whom you want to make health care decisions for you. If you have not signed a form or told your doctor whom you want to make your health care decisions, New Mexico law allows these people, in the following order, to make your health care decisions (if these people are reasonably available):

  • Spouse
  • Significant other
  • Adult child
  • Parent
  • Adult brother or sister
  • Grandparent
  • Close friend
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