Q: What are you recommendations for writing an Advanced Health Care Directive on my own?
A: You should really sit down with an attorney who practices in this area and discuss your objectives. My partner, Cecilia Guecia, has considerable experience in this area and I am sure she would be happy to talk with you. She can be reached at (207) 846-6111.
A: Not knowing anything about your situation, I would recommend that you talk to a lawyer, because if you are thinking about preparing an Advance Health Care Directive, you may want a Durable Power of Attorney and a Last Will and Testament as well. However, if your situation is urgent, the Maine Hospital Association has posted a standard form on their web site:
Unfortunately, you would need to sign an Advance Health Care Directive in the presence of two witnesses and a Notary Public. When we prepare these and other estate planning documents at our firm, we provide our clients with the witnesses and notary, but many hospitals will provide witnesses and a Notary Public in a pinch.
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