Do you need an Advance Medical Directive?



Before you make a decision about whether or not you need an Advance Directive, you might want to read
10 Legal Myths About Advance Medical Directives, written by Charles P. Sabatino, J.D. This is an excellent source of information.

Judge Sabatino is Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law Center, a Director at the American Bar Association, and serves on the Commission on Law and Aging.



The links below should take you to the web page where you can read about Advance Directives for that particular state. Some of the sites have forms for Advance Directives and Living Wills that you can download. Others don't have specific forms, but they offer guidelines and/or suggested formats. The links will open in a new window.

We try to keep the links updated, but we have no control over other web sites, and it's not unusual for pages to get moved when sites are redesigned. If a link doesn't work, please report it to us and we'll try to find the information and correct the link.

Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
Calfornia
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming


If you live in Canada

The laws governing Advance Directives and Living Wills differ in the United States and Canada.


Alberta
Manatoba
Newfoundland/Labrador
Novia Scotia
(Ontario)
(Quebec)
British Columbia
(New Brunswick)
(Prince Edward Island)
(Saskatchewan)