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Living Will FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions

After I execute a living will directive or durable power of attorney, where should I keep it and who should be informed?

Keep your advance directive in a safe and accessible place in case of an emergency. Current copies should be given to your physician, surrogate or attorney-in-fact, spouse or trusted family member, attorney and health care providers upon admission to the facility (hospital or nursing facility).

May I change or cancel a living will directive or durable power of attorney?

Yes. These documents may be changed or canceled at any time. Keep a list of people who have copies. If you wish to change or cancel your advance directive, you must be sure to replace all outdated documents.

Can an individual appointed under a health care surrogate designation or durable power of attorney make decisions contrary to my express wishes?

No. The surrogate or attorney-in-fact must follow your wishes and consider the recommendations of your physician.

Who should be my surrogate or attorney-in-fact?

You should choose the person who knows you best and in whom you have confidence to carry out your health care decisions if you become incompetent. This may be a spouse, child, friend or anyone else you choose to name. Consider where the person lives and whether that person can be present when decisions need to be made for you. You also may choose to name an alternate surrogate or attorney-in-fact in the event your first choice is unavailable to act for you.

For additional information

If you have additional questions about advance directives, ask to speak with a Norton Healthcare chaplain or a patient representative. 

If you do not have an attorney and want to obtain legal advice regarding advance directives, you may contact Lawyer Referral Services at (502) 583-1801 or (800) 372-2999, or call the Legal Aid Society at (502) 584-1254.

This Web site is intended for informational purposes only and should not be considered legal advice. Norton Healthcare takes no position on advance directives or whether or not an individual should create a living will directive or a durable power of attorney.

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