Know the Facts
Click on the statements below to learn about some of the common myths and misconceptions about advance care planning.
A living will completed in one state is not valid in another state.
Having a living will means I do not want any treatment.
If I have an unexpected illness or injury I will not receive treatment if I have a living will.
If I designate a healthcare surrogate, I give up control over my medical decisions.
I need a lawyer to do a living will.
FALSE: There is no need to hire a lawyer to do a living will. There are four simple steps to follow:
1. Obtain the living will. There are many free online sources for this, including our form.
2. Sit down with your loved ones and discuss your wishes.
3. Complete the simple paperwork.
4. Share the completed living will with your healthcare surrogate, loved ones and physician(s), and keep extra copies in places you can easily find them.