Minnesota Living Will (HealthCare Directive)

Last Updated: 11/23/2015

Document Description

We all spend time planning for our adult lives. We plan our future careers, weddings, homes and even what kinds of cars we want to drive. However, we never think to plan for the end of our lives. While these decisions can be difficult and a bit sad, they are necessary. Not only will they give peace of mind, they also will help your loved ones get through a trying time a little more easily. The Minnesota Advance Health Directive allows you to state your wishes for end-of-life care when you are no longer able to speak for yourself. This legally binding set of directions helps the assigned decision makers in your life get through an already difficult and complicated situation.

With the ezEstatePlanner Minnesota Advance Health Directive, you can be as specific as you wish regarding your requests for end-of-life care. In your directives, you are allowed to assign someone to make decisions on your behalf when you are no longer capable. You can also include your goals and values as they relate to care at the end of your life. You can determine what types of medical treatment you want to receive to prolong your life as well as what treatments you do not want to receive. Your directive may also include options for continuing nutrition, including feeding tubes.

There are, however, limits as to what may be included in advance health directives. Treatments that are not available, or that are outside of reasonable care, may not be included. Requesting medically assisted suicide is also not allowed. Your advance health directive will not go into effect until you no longer have the capacity to make decisions on your own, which will be determined after two physicians have personally examined you.

Once completed, your Minnesota Advance Health Directive should be signed by two witnesses and a notary. It is important that the signed documents are made available to those who will need them in the future. You should give copies of this document to close family and loved ones in addition to your medical providers. You are also able to upload signed copies of your advance health directive to your ezEstatePlanner Vault, along with other estate planning documents. In the event you become incapacitated, your assigned Keeper will be able to access all of your significant forms in one location.

It is important to note that this advance health directive is only valid for the state of Minnesota. If you work or play in another state, or if your healthcare provider is in a different state, you should complete an advance health directive for that state as well.

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