In 2008, the Utah Legislature adopted the Utah Advance Health Care Directive Act. This was intended, among other things, to standardize the many variations of “Living Wills.”
This four (4) page form is designed to take the place of a Health Care Power of Attorney as well as a Living Will (or otherwise known as Health Care Directive). In addition, this standardized form provides for an individual’s wishes for guardian nomination(s), organ donation, and access to medical records.
A wealth of information regarding the Advance Health Care Directive is available on the website created by the Utah Council of Aging, which can be found here.
A person may want to consult with their physician as questions arise as they fill out this form. Most important, individuals should plan to discuss the options they decide upon with their families and loved ones.
For statspecific downloads for Advance Health Care Directives other than Utah, this link is helpful: http://bit.ly/jYWBrl
Please contact LeBaron Law Offices at 801-756-6288 for additional information or questions regarding this or other estate planning needs.
--- Prepared with assistance from Dorothy Gillespie of LeBaron Law Offices