When a person chooses to make a Living Will, along with the Medical POA, these two legal documents become an Advance Directive.
An Advance Directive may include your sign, names of witnesses, their signatures, etc in adherence to your state’s requirements. Every state has different requirements to be followed. Some states ask for witnesses and notaries, others look for different criteria to be followed.
Likewise, some states consider Living Will and Advance Directive as different and separate documents, whereas others consider both documents the same. In some states, Living Will and Advance Directive are used interchangeably.
In this article, you will get a complete guide for making an Advance Directive for Healthcare in Colorado.
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*Note: The person signing on your behalf, at your direction, cannot be
• A physician or his employee or an employee of a healthcare facility in which you are a patient when you sign your document,
• A person who claims against your estate or entitles any portion of your estate.
Anyone can be your witness in Colorado if
Note: Your witnesses cannot be:
Note: Colorado state laws require the witnesses to sign the form and give in writing their declaration.
Anyone can be your Proxy/Agent in Colorado if
Who cannot be your Proxy/Agent:
Other than the above legal requirements, the Proxy/Agent should be:
Note: You can appoint an Alternate Proxy as well. The alternative Proxy/Agent will step in if the first person you name as a proxy is unable, unwilling, or unavailable to act for you or if you decide to revoke his authority.
In Colorado, an Advance Directive doesn’t come into effect on signing the form by the grantor, proxy, and witnesses. An Advance directive comes into effect only when the doctor declares that you are incapable of deciding on your behalf and have become debilitated due to illness or injury.
Note: Your Colorado Advance Directive will not be effective in any medical crisis or emergency unless you become incapacitated to understand and communicate your wishes and consent.
You can revoke or terminate your Colorado Advance Directive anytime by:
Note: The revocation of an Advance Directive will be effective when your doctor is notified.
The revocation of the Proxy/Agent’s authority will be effective when the Proxy/Agent is notified.
You can make changes or amend your Advance Directive at any time in Colorado but once you have signed and witnessed/notarized it you have to resubmit a new document with the required changes. It is recommended to go through, double-check, and make sure of everything before signing the Advance Directive.
Divorce from the spouse will not make any effect on the validity of the Colorado Advance Directive unless the spouse was named under Section 1 of the form as the Proxy/Agent then you have to make changes and fill a new document of Advance Directive. The divorce or annulment of marriage or legal separation will revoke the Colorado Advance Directive with immediate effect.
A pregnant patient’s Arkansas Declaration will not be honored if it is possible that the fetus could develop to the point of live birth with continued application of life-sustaining treatment
You can fill this form out and provide all the details. The appointment of the Healthcare Proxy/Agent and his details will be filled along with the instructions for the Proxy/Agent to follow.
On the left side, you will find a gray box that contains all the instructions that will help you in the application process.
This section states your wishes regarding medical care when your doctor determines that either:
You must sign in the presence of two witnesses. The details of the witnesses along with their signs are also required.
Give photocopies of the signed original to your agent and alternate agent, doctor(s), family, close friends, clergy, and anyone else who might become involved in your health care. If you enter a nursing home or hospital, have photocopies of your document placed in your medical records.
Be sure to talk to your agent(s), doctor(s), clergy, family, and friends about your wishes concerning medical treatment. Discuss your wishes with them often, particularly if your medical condition changes.
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