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A fast, easy, reliable Arizona health care directive form

Arizona state law allows an individual to create a form in preparation for their mental or physical incapacity. A health care directive form is a document wherein you state your wishes (regarding end-of-life and life-sustaining care) and name a person to act in your place when you cannot. In Arizona, this document is also known as a Health Care Power of Attorney with Optional Autopsy and Organ Donation Directives, Physician Affidavit, Living Will Form and Funeral and Burial Disposition Sections.

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How it works

Create your health care directive in under an hour

Create an account

Create a secure account which is accessible through an easy dashboard you can access any time

Gather information

Decide who will be your health care agent/proxy, which treatments you would request or refuse and release your records

Complete your document

Answer all questions, then we’ll generate your digital documents for downloading, printing, and signing

Make it legal

Print and sign your document according to instructions. Give copies to your doctors and agent/proxy

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What’s next to make my Arizona health care directive valid?

Follow these steps:

Decide on your wishes

A health care directive is a very important document, so carefully consider the power you intend to give your health care agent. A health care directive is your voice for major medical decisions when you cannot speak for yourself. It directs family members and health care workers on your end-of-life medical treatment preferences. Be detailed about what your wishes are.

Name an agent

A health care agent is the person who is responsible for carrying out your wishes after you become incapacitated. A health care agent is a big job and the person you choose to be your health care agent should be a person that you are confident will be able to advocate for you. The health care agent is responsible for carrying out the wishes you laid out in your health care directive. They are not permitted to act outside the authority given in the health care directive. Your health care agent should be a person that you trust.

Sign and notarize in front of at least one witness

Under Arizona state law, a health care directive must have the signature of at least one witness and a notary public. Neither the witness nor the notary public should be named as the health care agent in your health care directive.

Register your directive with the health care directives registry

As of October 1, 2021, the Arizona Advance Directive Registry is no longer hosted on the secretary of state’s office. Currently, advance health care directives are held on Health Current, which is Arizona’s health information exchange. A link to information about Health Current and Arizona’s use of the platform is found on the secretary of state’s website.

You may want to speak with a lawyer if:

  • Your family disagrees with your medical choices
  • You don’t know who to appoint as your agent
  • You have questions about life prolonging measures
  • You want legal review of your completed document
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Frequently asked questions

Health care directives, also known as living wills, are registered with the Arizona state registry under state law. In order to be valid, an Arizona health care directive must clearly state that the person intends to create a health care power of attorney. Also, it must be dated and signed by the person who is the subject of the power of attorney; and must be notarized and witnessed in writing.

Regardless of the size of your estate, you need a health care directive. Estate documents serve different purposes. As an example, your last will and testament will only concerns your affairs after you die. A health care directive, on the other hand,  affairs during your life. They cannot be substituted for one another.

Having a health care directive allows you to give your agent the authority to make important, and sometimes lifesaving, medical decisions. State law in Arizona allows you to transfer the following authority to another person:

  • ” If I have a terminal condition, I do not want my life to be prolonged and I do not want life-sustaining treatment, beyond comfort care, that will serve only to artificially delay the moment of my death.” (A.R.S. section 36.3231).
  • “If I am in a terminal condition or an irreversible coma or a persistent vegetative state that my doctors reasonably feel to be irreversible or incurable, I do want the medical treatment necessary to provide care that would keep me comfortable, but I do not want the following:
    • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, for example, the use of drugs electric shock, and artificial breathing;
    • Artificially administered food and fluids; and
    • To be taken to a hospital if at all avoidable.” (A.R.S section 36.3231).
  • “Notwithstanding my other directions, if I am known to be pregnant, I do not want life-sustaining treatment withheld or withdrawn if it is possible that the embryo/fetus will develop to the point of live birth with the continued application of life-sustaining treatment.” (A.R.S. section 36.3231).
  • “Notwithstanding my other directions, I do not want the use of all medical care necessary to treat my condition until my doctors reasonably conclude that my condition is terminal or irreversible, and incurable or I am in a persistent vegetative state.” (A.R.S. section 36.3231).
  • “I want my life to be prolonged to the greatest extent possible.” (A.R.S. section 36.3231).

Legal advance care directives can be created without the assistance of a lawyer. FindLaw’s team of attorneys has developed a customizable health care directive form to guide you through the process of creating the documents you need under Arizona law.

FindLaw is not a law firm, and the forms are not a substitute for the advice or services of an attorney. If you need help with the document, you should consider enlisting the services of an attorney.

Health care directives, last wills, and trusts are different estate planning documents, each of which takes care of something specific about you and your assets. Their primary difference is when they go into effect. A health care directive, and many types of trusts become effective during your lifetime. A last will and testament becomes effective when you die.

Each document confers different powers. Trusts and health care directives grant temporary power to agents you appoint for a limited period of time. Powers are typically conditional on an event occurring. When a person is unable to function or communicate properly, certain types of trusts and health care directives only transfer authority. By contrast, the power given to an executor by a last will and testament is permanent, as the executor is responsible for dealing with your final affairs.

A psychiatric advance directive is a kind of health care directive that states your decisions regarding your health care plan if you become so mentally ill that you are unable to make them yourself.

You can revoke or change your health care directive as needed. Once it is signed, your health care directive take effect, and it will remain effective until revoked. The only way to revoke your health care directive is to destroy them. You can either destroy it physically (tear it up, burn it, etc.) or you can simply rewrite it. The most recent health care directive (the documents with the most recent date) will be the ones used.

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