Get a Washington Health Care Directive and Living Will the Easy Way
FindLaw has partnered with experienced attorneys to bring you the easy and reliable way to create a health care directive and living will customized to Washington state law. This document governs your medical care in the event you are incapacitated, giving you peace of mind and taking the burden of making emergency medical decisions off of your family.
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Why Create a Washington Health Care Directive and Living Will?
A Washington health care directive and living will allows family members and healthcare workers to know your medical treatment preferences if you ever become incapacitated. With a health care directive and living will, you can leave individual instructions about the types of end-of-life care and life-sustaining treatments you would like to receive. FindLaw has made the process simple, quick, and effective, so there is no reason not to have one.
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Create your health care directive & living will in under an hour.
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Decide who will be your health care agent/proxy and which medical treatments you would request or refuse.
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Print, Sign & Make It Legal
Print and sign your document according to the instructions. Give a copy to your doctors and agent/proxy.
What’s Next to Make My Washington Health Care Directive and Living Will Valid?
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Decide what kind of care and treatment you will receive.
Suppose you are diagnosed with a terminal illness or become permanently unconscious. In that case, you will not be able to make your own choices about medical care. Therefore, it is wise to be prepared. To adequately prepare for a time when you are incapacitated, you must consider the following medical treatment preferences:
- The use or withdrawal of life support
- The use of cardiopulmonary resuscitation
- Life-prolonging procedures
- Pain management treatments
- Life-support treatment
- Life-prolonging treatment
- Admittance to a long-term facility
- Admittance to an adult care facility
- Surgical treatment
Choose an agent.
You must choose a person to act as your health care agent. This is the person you trust to advocate for you and ensure that your wishes are honored. Your agent must be an adult. They should know you well enough to make medical decisions for you.
The role of a health care agent in advance care planning is vital because this person serves as your voice. In the absence of explicit instructions, your health care agent may have to make decisions on your behalf even if you do not leave an advance directive.
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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Washington Health Care Directive and Living Will FAQs
In Washington state, the requirements for a legally valid living will include:
- The person making a living will be at least 18 years old
- The person making a living will must be of sound mind
- Two witnesses must see the person sign their health care directive and living will
- The witnesses must not be related to the person making a living will, and they cannot benefit from the living will
Your health care values are your medical treatment preferences. You are the ultimate decision-maker in your medical care decisions. You must consider your stance on the following:
- Life-sustaining treatment
- Types of treatment
- Hospice care facilities
- Long-term care facilities
- Life-prolonging treatment
- Natural death
- Life-prolonging acts withdrawal
- Wishes about resuscitation
- Withdrawal of life support
An important part of advance care planning is choosing a health care agent, also known as a health care proxy. Your health care agent is responsible for making your medical wishes known and ensuring that your treatment preferences are honored. The health care proxy should know your health care values.
Yes, you can still make your own decisions. The provisions in the advance directive are only applicable once you are diagnosed with a terminal condition or deemed by two physicians to be in a permanent unconscious condition. The only time that an advance directive will take effect is when you cannot make decisions for yourself.
Also, you can change your health care directive and living will at any time. However, be sure to forward a copy of the new health care directive and living will to the health care facility where you will be treated, as well as to your health care proxy and close family.
Advance directives should be written by anyone that wants to remain in control of their medical treatment preferences in the event they become incapacitated. Each of us must be able to advocate for ourselves when it comes to health care. An advance directive allows us to remain in control even when we cannot speak.
Make sure that a copy of your advance care directive is a part of your medical record. Ensure that you have a copy for yourself and another for your health care agent. If you decide to change your advance directive, be sure to make the updated version available to your health care team and your health care agent right away.
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