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Attorney-approved Oklahoma health care directives

In the event that you ever become terminally ill or injured, you may become unable to communicate your own medical decisions. Your doctors and loved ones may then make medical decisions for you that you would not have wanted. You can use a health care directive to express your wishes ahead of time. This spares your loved ones from making difficult choices and can prevent arguments over conflicting opinions on your treatment.

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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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Make decisions about future medical care

Your health care directive is a type of advance health care directive (“advance directive“). You can use it to make your own choices in advance about potential medical treatments. Your doctors use this document for guidance if you ever become unable to make your own treatment decisions.

In your health care directive, you decide whether you would request or reject life-sustaining treatments in the event of a terminal condition. These treatments include things like artificial hydration and nutrition. In other words, intravenous fluids and feeding tubes. It can be unpleasant to think about this scenario, but it can give you peace of mind knowing that you have made your own decision on this difficult issue.

Choose a health care proxy

In addition to a health care directive, you can create another advance directive called a health care proxy in Oklahoma. With a health care proxy, you have the option of naming a trusted person to make health care decisions for you. This person would become authorized to make your medical choices if you become unable to make an informed decision on your own treatment. Their duty is to carry out the terms of your health care directive and make the medical choices that best reflect your personal preferences and values.

You should carefully consider who you select as your health care proxy. This individual will have broad powers over your health care if you ever become unable to make your own decisions. You should choose someone who you trust, and who knows you well. You may also want to consider logistical issues such as proximity. Your health care proxy should be someone who can be at your side promptly if the need arises. Many people choose a close loved one such as a spouse, a sibling, a parent, or an adult child. Once you have decided on someone, you should talk to them to make sure that they are willing to take on this important responsibility.

Finally, it’s a good idea to name an alternate health care proxy. This person will be your backup proxy in case your first choice becomes unable to complete this duty.

Sign your health care directive

According to the Oklahoma Advance Directive Act in title 63 of the Oklahoma statutes, you (the “declarant”) must sign your health care directive to make it valid. At the time of signing, you should have two witnesses present. The witnesses must be adults age 18 or over, and they must not stand to inherit anything from you. They must sign your document to confirm that they witnessed your signature.

Distribute your advance directives

After you have signed your advance directives, you need to make sure to distribute them to the right people. You should give copies to your health care proxy, your medical providers, and your loved ones. They will need these to familiarize themselves with your health care wishes and to implement your choices if necessary.

The Oklahoma Department of Health encourages declarants to register their advance directives with an online registry. The Department of Health provides information about a few registry options on their website. You may find more options for registries with a simple internet search. Advance directive registries such as these can be helpful if you would like to create a backup method for your medical professionals to access your documents. This could be useful in the event that your loved ones or health care proxy misplace their copies.

Update your advance directives

After you have signed and distributed your advance directives, you should review them from time to time. A good policy is to look over your documents every few years at least to make sure that they remain current. You may need to update your estate plan (include your advance directives) sooner if you go through significant life changes. The following circumstances could make you rethink your choices:

  • Marriage or divorce
  • A long-distance move
  • Conflict with your health care proxy
  • Changes in diagnosis
  • Advances in medical technology

Any of the above events could make you reconsider your advance directive elections. Whatever the reason, you are free to change your mind about your health care choices at any time.

In the case of marriage or divorce, you may need to change your health care proxy designation. If your former spouse was your proxy, you probably want to choose a new person to make medical choices on your behalf. In the event that either you or your health care proxy is completing a long-distance relocation, you should try to find someone who is in closer proximity to take over this role. When you purchase your health care directive through FindLaw, you can make unlimited changes to it for any reason for a full year after purchase.

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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Commonly asked questions about Oklahoma health care directives

No. Wills and living wills have confusingly similar names, but they are very different legal documents. A last will and testament (a “will”) is the primary estate planning document. You can use a will to describe how you would like your property to be distributed after your death. If you have minor children, you can name guardians for them through your will too.

living will is not a will in the traditional sense. Also known as a health care directive, a living will is a legal document you can use to make health care choices in advance. You cannot use your health care directive to provide for the distribution of your assets after your death. Your health care directive is also known as the “Oklahoma Statutory Advance Directive for Health Care.”

A comprehensive estate plan can contain both a will and a health care directive. Your will describes where your assets will go after your death, and your health care directive details your medical preferences during your lifetime.

To create a legally valid health care directive, you must fulfill certain basic requirements in Oklahoma:

  • You must be of sound mind and 18 years old or older.
  • You must sign the document.
  • There must be two adult witnesses present when you sign. They must also sign the document to verify your signature. Neither of these witnesses may be anyone who could inherit anything from you.

In addition to these basic requirements, Oklahoma requires that your health care directive be in substantially the same format as a statutory example. If it is not in that format, there are further requirements regarding provisions on the withholding of artificial nutrition and hydration. Any such provision would need to be in your own wording or part of a separate section that you sign or initial.

You can rest assured that if you purchase a health care directive with FindLaw, you will get an attorney-approved legal document that is tailored to Oklahoma law.

Technically, yes. But there are strict rules regarding out-of-state health care directives.

Under Oklahoma law, an out-of-state advance directive that authorizes the withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment or designates a health care agent can be valid. But it must have been legally executed in the other state or in compliance with Oklahoma law. There are also further requirements to make your out-of-state health care directive valid in Oklahoma. The document must not contain provisions that are illegal in Oklahoma.

Further, an out-of-state health care directive that specifically authorizes the withholding of artificial hydration or nutrition is only valid in Oklahoma if:

  • You signed the document when you were not a resident of Oklahoma; or
  • The provisions on the withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment are in your own words in a separately signed section

These restrictions could be difficult to satisfy, and it is unlikely that your health care directive from another state will meet them. With that in mind, it is probably safer and more efficient to simply create a new health care directive than relying on an old one.

You can create a new Oklahoma health care directive with FindLaw’s easy step-by-step process in less than an hour. You don’t even need to leave the comfort of home to complete it.

Generally, yes. Your medical staff has a duty to follow the instructions in your advance directives, even if it means transferring you to another health care provider.

According to Oklahoma law, your physician must take reasonable steps to transfer you to another health care provider as promptly as possible if they are unwilling to carry out the terms of your advance directives.

So, even if your medical staff refuses to honor your advance directives, they must eventually transfer you to providers who will comply with your wishes.

Yes. In Oklahoma, your medical professionals are required to provide you with pain relieving medicine or other comfort care treatments. This continues to be true even if they withhold life-sustaining treatments in accordance with your instructions. Of course, if you are able to eat and drink, your care providers must provide you with food and water.

If you have changed your mind, you have the right to revoke your health care directive at any time you choose. Your mental or physical condition has no effect on your ability to revoke.

You can perform a revocation in any manner of your choice. This might include burning, tearing up, or otherwise physically destroying your document. However, a better option is to create a written document that revokes your prior health care directive. Oklahoma statutes make it clear that if you create a new health care directive that conflicts with a prior one, the new document revokes the earlier one.

You can create a new Oklahoma health care directive with FindLaw in under an hour to revoke a prior one. This is a good option because it provides your family and health care professionals with clear instructions for your possible future treatments.

If you revoke your advance directives, you should make sure to inform the right people about this change. Your health care agent will need to know so they can adjust their understanding of your medical wishes. Make sure to let your medical providers know about your revocation and new health care directive so that they can enter it into your medical record. Your revocation will not be active unless your medical team actually knows about it.

If you filed your health care directive with an advance directive registry, you should contact the registry to remove your document. Finally, you should tell your loved ones about the revocation or new document. This will ensure that they are aware of your most current medical wishes.

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