Health Care Law Forms: Living Wills, Power of Attorney, and More

Planning for the future also means having a plan in place for future medical care or treatment. Proper planning will require you to draft a number of documents and forms. For example, a living will allows you to make decisions about your medical care should you become incapacitated in the future. If you’re interested in creating a living will, hiring a health care attorney, applying for Medicare, or creating a long-term healthcare plan, the sample forms below will give you an idea of the requirements involved.

Sample Health Care Forms and Form Packages

The following list includes forms for sale, specific to your state, as well as sample forms for livings wills, powers of attorney, and related legal documents. If in doubt about a particular form or process, be sure to get help from an attorney.

Forms for free or for purchase:

  • Living Wills and Health Care Directives: State Forms - State-specific forms to draft a living will or health care directive. The exact forms will vary by state, but either allows you to detail your medical care and end-of-life preferences (for purchase from U.S. Legal Forms).
  • Power of Attorney: State Forms - State-specific forms to draft a power of attorney for financial and health care matters. Includes state-specific legal summaries of the laws and requirements for each form (for purchase from U.S. Legal Forms).
  • Personal Planning Package: State Forms - These state-specific packages contain forms for drafting a will, living will (and/or health care directive), power of attorney, and -- depending on the state -- other documents (for purchase from U.S. Legal Forms).
  • Jewish Law - Halachic Forms - List of state-specific Halachic living will forms, including instructions, provided in conjunction with the New York Legal Assistance Group (Agudath Israel of America).
  • Advance Directives and Living Wills: State-Specific Forms - State-specific links to forms, instructions, and other resources for drafting an advanced directive or living will (FindLaw).

Sample forms:

  • Health Care Power of Attorney - Sample power of attorney form for naming a "health care representative" (a trusted individual) to make important but limited health care decisions on your behalf (FindLaw).
  • Living Will - Sample living will form, which is used to help patients detail decisions about their medical care in writing before the need for treatment arises; often used by medical staff in the event the patient is unable to communicate their medical care preferences (FindLaw).
  • Living Will with Designation of a Surrogate - Sample form for a legal declaration of a patient's desire that their dying not be artificially prolonged, with the naming of a surrogate to help fulfill these wished (Findlaw).
  • Living Will Directive to Physicians - Sample document describing the patient's desire that life-sustaining procedures are not used to artificially prolong their life under described circumstances; meant to be carried out by medical staff (Findlaw).

Hiring a Lawyer

Medicare, Medicaid, Medigap, and Managed Care

  • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) - Various forms pertaining to Medicare and Medicaid, including transmittals, Medicare provider-supplier enrollment, SSA forms, and more (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services).
  • Medicare Forms - A more user-friendly website with Medicare forms arranged by category (including enrollment and appeals) and situation (U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services).

Long-Term Healthcare

  • Nursing Home Checklist - List of questions to consider when deciding whether to place a loved one in a nursing home, such as certifications, waiting lists, abuse-prevention programs, and more (FindLaw).

Guardianship

Get Professional Legal Help with Health Care Forms and Processes

Taking charge of your own health care includes knowing when to use the law to your advantage, such as writing an advance directive or living will. Many of these forms and processes can be handled on your own, but there are often instances where a legal professional's help is desired. Reach out to an experienced health care attorney near you to learn more.

Next Steps

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