Alabama Living Will (Advance Directive)

Last Updated: 11/23/2015

Document Description

The best time to make important decisions about serious medical situations may be sooner than you ever imagined; the ideal time should be before you experience an illness. Because life can be unpredictable, it is a good idea to make important choices about medical care while you have the ability to do so. In the event of debilitating changes to your health, it is important your wishes regarding health care have been outlined. Should you become unable to provide that guidance yourself, this form speaks for you.

Our Alabama Advance Directive for Health Care (AKA living will) encourages thoughtful consideration of your preferences in certain medical situations. We designed this directive to deliver clear and concise answers, alongside peace of mind, for you and your caregivers. This document will provide you with the best legal options available, and takes Alabama law into consideration. The form allows for further customization, as you can add your own instructions throughout the document. It is simple to complete. Furthermore, it is state-specific, thanks to Alabama-specific options that are legally reviewed. Use this document to go from uncertainty to security, knowing that your wishes have been recorded and made known.

This document can be completed by adult residents of Alabama who would like to document specific medical directives. It supplies ready instructions to any agents you may have assigned, or medical professionals and physicians who may treat you. Specific instructions regarding life-saving care in the event of a terminal condition or a persistent vegetative state, the use of feeding tubes, preferences for the location of care, organ donation, and more are addressed in this form. The directive should be completed when you are ready to record your health care preferences. You may even indicate that you are unsure regarding a particular issue.

Tip: Alabama living wills must be signed by two witnesses.


  • AL Assist:
    The law requires that you sign your document, or direct another to sign it, in the presence of two witnesses, who must be at least 19 years of age. Your witnesses cannot be:
    • your appointed health care proxy,
    • related to you by blood, adoption or marriage,
    • entitled to any portion of your estate upon your death, either through your will or under the laws of interstate succession,
    • directly financially responsible for your medical care, or
    • the person who signed your document on your behalf.

    These witnesses must also sign the document to show that they personally know you, believe you to be of sound mind, and that they do not fall into any of the categories of people who cannot be witnesses.

    Note: You do not need to notarize your Alabama Advance Directive.


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