A Maryland Living Will is a document often referred to as an Advance Health Care Directive Form. Birthed from a power of attorney form and a living will, a Maryland Living Will allows a person to declare their wishes regarding any treatment or medical procedure that they may be subjected to if they ever fall into a terminally ill or incapacitated condition. Living Will documents also allow the Principal who will ensure these wishes are carried out. Maryland allows Principals to dictate their will in regards to medical treatment, procedure, or intervention that serves to extend or delay the dying process. Title 5 Section 601 dictates that the Principal who creates a living will must a legal adult of sound mind who has their living will witnessed by at least two (2) individuals. Furthermore, these laws also dictate that all living wills must be substantially similar to the statutory form.
The first step to completing a Maryland Living Will is to provide the information of the Principal. This will consist of his or her full name, address, gender, and telephone number. The next section of the document will cover the appointed Advocate. The Advocate is the individual who will ensure the Principal's wishes are addressed according to their wishes. To appoint the Advocate, provide their first and last name, telephone number, and their address. The next section will cover life-sustaining treatments that the Principal may or may not wish to be subject to. Once the document has been completed, the Principal and the two (2) witnesses will sign and date the document.