State-by-State Advance Directive Forms

An advance health care directive, also called an advance directive, is a legal document stating how you would like to be treated at the end of your life. In order to complete an advance health care directive you must identify the types of treatments you do and do not want at the end of your life (living will) and name someone who will make sure that your heath care wishes are followed (health care power of attorney).

Every state has its own advance directive forms and there's a growing movement towards the creation of a universal, digital advance directive that works in all states equally. In some states, the living will and health care power of attorney forms are combined into a single document; in other states, the forms are separate. Once you've completed your state's forms and gotten them signed or notarized (depending on your state's requirements) they are legally binding, though you may revoke or amend them at any time.

If you're looking for your state's Physicians Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) form, use our resource State-by-State POLST Forms.

Alabama

Alabama advance directive

Alaska

Alaska advance directive

Arizona

Arizona advance directive

Arkansas

Arkansas advance directive

California

California advance directive

Colorado

Colorado advance directive

Connecticut

Connecticut advance directive

Delaware

Delaware advance directive

Florida

Florida advance directive

Georgia

Georgia advance directive

Hawaii

Hawaii advance directive

Idaho

Idaho advance directive

Illinois

Illinois living will

Illinois power of attorney

Indiana

Indiana living will

Indiana life-prolonging procedures

Iowa

Iowa advance directive

Kansas

Kansas living will

Kansas health care power of attorney

Kentucky

Kentucky advance directive

Louisiana

Louisiana advance directive

Maine

Maine advance directive

Maryland

Maryland advance directive

Massachusetts

Massachusetts recognizes health care proxies (health care power of attorney) but there is no law in Massachusetts governing living wills, and there is no standard living will form for Massachusetts. You can create your own living will, however, which is still potentially useful because it can guide your health care proxy and your physicians about the types of choices you would make.

Massachusetts health care proxy

Michigan

Michigan recognizes health care proxies (health care power of attorney) but does there is no law in Michigan governing living wills, and there is no standard living will form for New York state. You can create your own living will, however, which is still potentially useful because it can guide health care proxy and your physicians about your healthcare choices.

Michigan advance directive

Minnesota

Minnesota advance directive

Mississippi

Mississippi advance directive

Missouri

Missouri advance directive

Montana

Montana advance directive

Nebraska

Nebraska living will

Nebraska health care power of attorney

Nevada

Nevada advance directive

New Hampshire

New Hampshire advance directive

New Jersey

New Jersey advance directive

New Mexico

New Mexico advance directive

New York

New York formally recognizes health care proxies (health care power of attorney) but does there is no law in New York governing living wills, and there is no standard living will form for New York state. You can create your own living will, however, which is still potentially useful because it can guide your health care proxy and your physicians about your healthcare choices.

New York health care proxy

North Carolina

North Carolina living will

North Carolina health care power of attorney

North Dakota

North Dakota advance directive

Ohio

Ohio advance directive

Oklahoma

Oklahoma advance directive

Oregon

Oregon advance directive

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania advance directive

Rhode Island

Rhode Island living will

Rhode Island health care power of attorney

South Carolina

South Carolina advance directive

South Dakota

South Dakota living will

South Dakota health care power of attorney

Tennessee

Tennessee living will

Tennessee health care power of attorney

Texas

Texas living will

Texas health care power of attorney

Utah

Utah advance directive

Vermont

Vermont advance directive

Virginia

Virginia advance directive

Washington

Washington advance directive

Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. advance directive

West Virginia

West Virginia advance directive

Wisconsin

Wisconsin living will

Wisconsin health care power of attorney

Wyoming

Wyoming advance directive