A Montana Living Will is a document that allows an individual, referred to as a Principal, to declare their healthcare wishes should they ever fall into a terminally-ill or incapacitated state and they can no longer communicate their wishes. For example, a Principal may declare that they will consent certain life-prolonging treatments, but will refuse others. These procedures or treatments can include life support, CPR, blood transfusions and other interventions. In Montana, all living will documents must conform to Title 50 of the Montana Revised Statutes. These statutes state that a person may dictate which life-prolonging procedures they do and do not wish to receive while terminally ill or incapacitated. In order for this document to be recognized by the state, the creator must be a legal adult, signed by the Principal, and two (2) witnesses. In addition, this document must be substantially similar to the statutory form described in Title 50.
A living will is a document that requires specific details to ensure that your exact wishes are followed when cannot communicate them yourself. If information is ever is unclear, or a situation arises that is not described in the Living Will, your Advocate will be charged with making a decision in your best interest. The first piece of information that you will provide will be your first and last name, your complete address, your gender, and your telephone number. Next, you will appoint your Advocate. You can appoint this individual by providing his or her first and last name, address, and phone number. It's also recorded to appoint a secondary or alternate Advocatein case the primary Advocate is not available. Next, you will go into detail about what treatments and procedures you will and will not consent to. This section will also collect information on any anatomical donations, as well as your primary care physician. Once all of this information has been provided, you may sign your living will in the presence of two witnesses who are of no relation to you. Once you have signed and dated the document, your witnesses will sign as well.