An ABC Guide to Making a Solid Delaware Advance Directive
There is no better way of safeguarding your health-associated interests in Delaware than preparing a solid advance directive. If you have heard about this document but still don’t know much about it, we can help!
This article deciphers a Delaware advance directive by solving the following dilemmas:
- How is the term “advance directive” defined in this state?
- Are there specific criteria you should fulfill to sign an advance directive?
- What documents are included in a Delaware health care directive?
- How can you use DoNotPay to craft a living will, health care proxy, or a complete advance directive in record time?
As per Delaware Code, an advance directive informs medical staff and your family about your health care wishes if you’re unable to express them.
Any adult can prepare this document while they are still in good physical and mental condition. It comes into effect only if a designated physician can confirm that you’ve lost the ability to make decisions for yourself.
To prepare a proper Delaware advance directive, you must:
- Create it as a written document
- Sign it yourself or authorize another person to do it for you (if you can’t)
- Include the exact signature date
- Have two or more witnesses who can’t be your:
- Health care financier
- Nursing home/care facility operator
Delaware proposes two main types of advance health care directives:
- Power of attorney for health care (or a Delaware medical power of attorney)
- Instructions for health care (or a Delaware living will)
In most cases, these two forms are combined in a single document. Here’s a table providing more details:
|Power of attorney for health care||
|Instructions for health care||Spells out all your medical preferences, personal values, and beliefs. In this document, you can address your wishes related to:
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Do you want to know more? Find out if a health care proxy should always be treated as a power of attorney, whether a nurse can witness the signing of a living will, and much more in our extensive knowledge base!
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