An Advanced Health Care Directive, as the name suggested, provides guidance to your Health Care Agent and Doctors about what kind of health care choices you would want made for you in difference circumstances. These documents are often referred to as "living wills." In Washington the statute that allows for the creation of Advance Health Care Directives is RCW 70.122. The statute requires that the directive be executed while the agent is still capable of make their own health care choices and be witnessed by two witnesses who are not close family members or health care providers. The statute also places restrictions on the application of Advanced Health Care Directives when patients are pregnant.
Many hospitals have free Advanced Health Care Directives that address a few limited forms of life support but much more detailed directives can be done with an attorney and the more detailed guidance is usually much more helpful to families. An attorney can also make sure that the witness rules are followed as forms provided in hospitals are often witnessed by inappropriate witnesses that can render them invalid. An attorney can also ensure that added language is put in the directive to make it effective in other states that have different execution requirements.
If you would like to schedule an appointment to develop an advanced health care directive contact us for a free 1/2 hour consultation at (206) 459-1908 or firstname.lastname@example.org.