The Missouri Living Will is a legally backed document that allows an individual to declare their treatment wishes should they ever fall into an incapacitated state. This document is often known as a combination with an Advance Healthcare Directive and Power of Attorney form because not only does it outline the treatments that an individual wishes, or does not wish to receive, but will also appoint a person who will voice your wishes to healthcare professionals and ensure that your directives are followed. In Alabama, all living will document must conform to Alabama Code Title 22 which states that all living will documents must be in writing, along with being dated and signed by the creator of the will. Furthermore, all living will documents in Alabama must be signed in the presence of at least two (2) witnesses.
A Missouri Living Will can be completed rather quickly, however, it is important that the Declarant include all of his or her wishes to ensure that he or she receives their desired care. The first step that the Declarant will take will be to provide their personal information. This information will consist of their first and last name, their gender, and their complete address. Next, the creator will appoint their Advocate who they trust to make healthcare decisions on their behalf should a situation ever arise that is not outlined in the living will. The Advocate's information will include his or her full name, address, telephone number.
The next portion of the Living Will will go into detail about the Declarant's medical wishes. These wishes will name specific treatments and procedures that he or she consents to or which ones he or she refuses. Once all of these wishes have been specified, the Declarant will sign and date the document in the presence of two (2) witnesses. The witnesses will then sign, and the document may then be sent to the Declarant's primary care physician to be made a part of his or her medical records.