Rhode Island Living Will (Declaration)

Last Updated: 11/23/2015

Document Description

Also known as a living will, an advance health directive is an important document that explains your wishes for medical treatment for a time when you can’t communicate them for yourself. It’s common to address sensitive health and medical subjects in a living will, including being kept alive on life support, the use of feeding tubes and the use of drugs for pain management.

An advance health directive can help your family members understand which treatments you would and would not like to receive in different situations and guides them through the difficult choices they would be asked to make on your behalf. Your family can then work with your medical providers and make sure you are getting the care you would want to have.

Advance health directives are only used in critical or terminal situations, and only if you can no longer make your own decisions. You can update or revoke your advance health directive at any time. We recommend you review all of your health and estate planning documents every few years to ensure they are still aligned with your current situation.

Express your future medical wishes in a printable advance health directive form. Our form is written following Rhode Island law, making it a legally binding document. To safely store your advance health directive, consider using your own online ezEstatePlanner Vault. Here, you can upload all of your important legal documents to one convenient, secure location. You can access your documents at any time, and give access to the person you have named to act on your behalf.

Note: An advance health directive is not the same as a health care power of attorney. To learn more about the importance of having both documents, please read What’s the Difference Between an Advance Health Directive and a Health Care Power of Attorney? or feel free to review each document on our website.

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