A Minnesota Living Will is a document that allows an individual referred to as a Principal, to provide written 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 ensures that even if you are unable to communicate your wishes, that your desires will still be followed. In Minnesota, all living will documents must be signed by at least two (2) witnesses, and the Principal must be at least 18 years of age or older, and of sound mind. Minnesota allows principals to revoke a living will by either orally declaring the revocation, providing a written response, or destroying the document.
The first step that a Principal must take to complete a living will is to provide his or her personal information such as their full name, gender, address, and telephone number. Next, the Advocate will be appointed. This will be accomplished by providing his or her full name, address, telephone number. The next portion of the Living Will will go into detail about the Principal's medical wishes. These wishes will involve specific medical interventions such as CPR, feeding tubes, etc. Once all of the Principal's wishes have been detailed, he or she will sign and date the document in the presence of two (2) witnesses. The witnesses will then sign, and the document may then take effect.