The Fastest Way to an Advance Directive in Michigan
The generally accepted definition of an advance directive is that it’s a group of documents that help the declarant express their wishes regarding end-of-life health care. What states cannot agree about is which documents are part of that group.
DoNotPay clarifies what is considered an advance directive in Michigan and introduces you to the fastest way to create yours!
The State of Michigan recognizes only two advance directives:
- A durable power of attorney for health care (DPOA-HC)
- Do-not-resuscitate (DNR) declaration
A living will isn’t considered an advance directive in Michigan, but declarants often complete that form as well to help the assigned health care agent (also known as a patient advocate) understand their wishes.
Let’s take a look at the differences between the two types of advance directives in Michigan:
|Document||What Is the Document Used For?|
|A durable power of attorney for health care (or health care proxy)||Allows you to designate a patient advocate. The patient advocate is supposed to carry out your wishes regarding life-sustaining treatment if you become incapacitated.
You can also express your wishes to the patient advocate regarding:
You might come across a document called a health care proxy, which is identical to the DPOA-HC in most states
|Do-not-resuscitate declaration||A do-not-resuscitate order informs your physician and their employees that you don’t want to be brought back to life if your heart stops beating. You can choose to carry a copy of the declaration with you or wear a DNR bracelet|
- You complete all the required fields and sign it
- A notary public witnesses you signing the document and verifies it, or two witnesses sign the document
For a do-not-resuscitate declaration to be valid in Michigan, it needs to be:
- Signed by the:
- Two witnesses
- The declarant’s assigned physician (physician’s signature not required if the declarant’s religion prohibits resuscitation)
- Included in the declarant’s medical record
Some of the reasons why you should complete advance directive forms are to:
- Inform your loved ones about your wishes regarding health care (or lack thereof)
- Tell your physician and their employees about your preferences before you need life-sustaining treatment
- Ensure that someone acts in your best interest when you become incapacitated
- Make your final stages of life more bearable and comfortable
- Prolong your final moments with your loved ones (if you want to)
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You don’t have to wait until your condition worsens to create an advance directive. With DoNotPay, you can prepare in time for every scenario from the comfort of your home.
All you need to do to create a personalized advance directive is to visit DoNotPay and:
- Select the Advance Health Care Directive feature
- Enter the name of your patient advocate
- Specify the treatment you do or don’t authorize in emergencies
- List the names of the two witnesses
You completed all the steps—what now? Once you get your advance directive, you only need to:
- Sign it
- Let your witnesses sign it
- Get it notarized
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