A North Carolina Living Will is a document that allows a person, known as a Declarant, to instruct a medical team of their wishes and consents when they cannot communicate these desires for themselves. Formally known as an Advance Directive, North Carolina requires these documents to be dated and signed in the presence of two (2) witnesses who can attest to the Declarant's state of mind. Furthermore, these documents must be notarized or proved before a clerk before being legally enforced. Chapter 90 of the North Carolina Revised statutes is responsible for enforcing these documents. These statues declare that although these documents are legally enforceable, they can be revoked at any time by the Declarant regardless of his or her mental state. This revocation does not have to be written but can be in any method that the Declarant is capable of communicating.
In order to complete a North Carolina Living Will, the first piece of information that will be provided is the Declarant's name, address, gender, and telephone number. Next, the Advocate will be appointed by providing their full name, address, and phone number. The next section will detail which life-prolonging treatments and procedures the Declarant will consent to and which ones he or she will not. Some examples of these life-prolonging procedures are CPR, blood transfusions, hydration tubes, breathing tubes, etc. This section will also detail the Declarant's primary care physician and any anatomical donations should the Declarant pass away. Once the Principal's wishes have all been recorded and the living will is complete, the Principal will sign and have the document notarized.