A Colorado Living Will is a document that allows a Declarant, also known as a Principal to place instructions on how the medical procedures that they may consent to or refuse consent to if they ever fell into an incapacitated or terminally ill state. A living will, also known in Colorado as a Declaration as to Medical or Surgical Treatment, ensures that even if you are unable to communicate your wishes, that they are nevertheless followed. In Colorado, all living will documents must have a competent Principal who is at least 18 years old. Furthermore, all living will must be signed by at least two (2) witnesses. Colorado allows principals to revoke a living will by either orally declaring the revocation, providing a written response, or destroying the document.
Laws - § 15-18-102
A Colorado Living Will is a document that can be completed fairly quickly, however, specific detail is the key to ensure that your exact wishes are followed. The first step of a living will document is to identify the Principal. This is the individual who is declaring their wishes. If you are the Principal, you will identify yourself by providing your name, address, gender, and telephone number. Next, you will identify your Advocate, known as the person charged with ensuring that your wishes are followed. Identify your Advocate by providing his or her first and last name, address, and telephone number. Because incapacitations or a terminally-ill diagnosis may not be foreseen, your appointed Advocate may not be available when they are needed. Because of this possibility, it is wise to designate an Alternate Advocate in case your primary is unavailable. This can be completed by providing the same type of information for your Alternate Advocate that you provided for your Primary Advocate. In the next section, you will detail what treatments, procedures you will and will not consent to. For example, you may state in your living will that you will consent to a blood transfusion but will not consent to any resuscitation attempts. This section will also include details like your physician's information and potential anatomical donations. Lastly, you will sign and date the document, followed by your two (2) witnesses.