Convey your medical wishes with an advance healthcare directive

Complete an advance healthcare directive easily and take control of your care when you can’t speak for yourself. Our healthcare directives include both a living will and medical power of attorney. Plus, get access to guidance from experienced attorneys. Advance healthcare directives start at $39.

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Complete the questionnaires for your living will and medical power of attorney for the advance healthcare directive in less than 15 minutes, all at home.
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Access guidance from highly rated network attorneys, who can provide advice about your healthcare directive and then review your completed documents.
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Provide instructions about the medical care you do or don't want to receive, assign someone to be your medical power of attorney, and outline your wishes.
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We’ll create documents that clarify your healthcare wishes and appoint your medical power of attorney.
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Go over your complete advance healthcare directive with an attorney from our network. Or review everything online on your own.
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What is an advance healthcare directive?
Advance healthcare directives are written, legal instructions that outline your medical care preferences if you’re unable to communicate or make decisions for yourself. Our healthcare directive includes both a living will and a medical power of attorney. A living will guides the choices of medical professionals and caregivers if you’re in a coma or during end-of-life care. A medical power of attorney allows you to appoint someone to make healthcare decisions on your behalf if you’re unable.
Why do I need an advance healthcare directive?
Living wills and medical powers of attorney aren’t just for older adults. Unexpected end-of-life situations can happen at any age. It's important all adults participate in advance care planning to give loved ones peace of mind and ensure your wishes are understood.
Speak when you can't
Choose the medical treatment you want to receive even if you can’t speak for yourself.
Provide peace of mind
Ease unnecessary stress for your loved ones, and help avoid disputes over your medical treatment.
Appoint representative
Select someone you trust as your medical power of attorney so they can convey your preferences.
Save on medical costs
Save money on costly healthcare treatments you don't want and haven’t agreed to in advance.
What can I include in my advance healthcare directive?
Before you start your living will and medical power of attorney, consider:

  • What end of life medical treatments you would and wouldn't want
  • Who you want to make medical decisions on your behalf if you’re unable
  • Your preferences around comfort care, bodily donations, and posthumous decisions
What are the main components of an advance healthcare directive?
Living will
Outlines your medical care preferences if you’re unable to communicate or make decisions for yourself. Guides the choices of medical professionals and caregivers if you’re in a coma or during end-of-life care.
Healthcare power of attorney
Specifies a healthcare proxy, also known as a healthcare agent, who can make medical decisions on your behalf if you’re unable.
Benefits of an advance healthcare directive
Having a living will and medical power of attorney in place gives you the power to choose the medical treatment you do and don't want even if you can't talk to your doctors or caregivers. Take part in advance care planning and create advance care directives that work for you.
Ensure you receive the healthcare you want even if you become unconscious or incapacitated
Appoint someone you trust to carry out your wishes, improving your peace of mind
Reduce confusion or disagreement about decisions made on your behalf at the end of life
When should I create my advance healthcare directive?
Now. As long as you’re over 18, there is no reason to wait. You never know when life-changing events could occur.

Make sure you’ve communicated your medical wishes, including for end-of-life care, so family members don't have to make those difficult decisions for you.
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What our customers are saying
The finished document looks very professional. It included everything I needed, and it was completed quickly.

— Linda M., healthcare directive customer
Process was easy to understand and led me logically and quickly through the necessary steps, including the signing process.

— Cindy K., healthcare directive customer
Everything in the process was easy ... LegalZoom holds your hand through the entire process. Worth every dollar.

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