Pennsylvania Advance Health Care Directive From A to Z
No one likes making difficult medical decisions for others, but you could make it easier for your loved ones by creating a suitable legal document, which goes by different names across the U.S. DoNotPay explains how the Pennsylvania advance health care directive works. We can even draft this document for you, saving you time and money!
A Pennsylvania health care directive is a legal document that protects your right to choose medical treatments in case you cannot make the decisions yourself. It is also known as:
- Medical directive
- Durable power of attorney for health care
- Health care proxy (DoNotPay has the info on the subtle difference between this and a power of attorney)
- Personal directive
- Medical power of attorney
- Health care power of attorney
- Living will
In the Coal State, an advance directive consists of two parts:
- Durable health care power of attorney
- A living will
You can choose to have one or both documents. Check out the specifics in the table below:
|Durable Health Care Power of Attorney Characteristics||Living Will Characteristics|
It is important to choose a person you trust and believe is reliable as your health care agent. This is usually a family member or a close friend, but it can be anyone over 18. Here are the individuals who you cannot appoint as your agent (unless they are related to you):
- Your physician or other health care provider
- An employee of a health care facility where you are receiving care
You can also have an alternate agent. This person’s role is to act if the first person you named as an agent is unable to perform their duty.
To make your advance directive legally binding in Pennsylvania, you must sign it yourself (or have a proxy do it for you) in front of two witnesses. Both individuals need to be 18 or older. If you cannot sign the directive yourself, your proxy cannot act as a witness.
You have three options to get an advance directive in Pennsylvania:
- Create it yourself—Not recommended unless you have sufficient legal knowledge. Online forms will not be of much help because they are unreliable and vague
- Hire a lawyer to create it for you—Usually guarantees a well-written document but at a steep price
- Use DoNotPay to compose the document—Provides a top-notch document and does not cost a fortune
If you wish to get a rock-solid advance directive in Pennsylvania, turn to DoNotPay for help. We will incorporate all the relevant information in the document while protecting your rights. Here are the steps to follow:
- Sign up for DoNotPay
- Choose our Advance Health Care Directive product
- Select your agent and type in other relevant medical information (doctor, hospital, etc.)
- Answer our questions
- Enter the names of the witnesses
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