The Oregon Living Will is a document that allows an individual to appoint a health care agent to make important decisions when they cannot speak for themselves. Moreso, a living will allows a person, known as a Declarant, to state exactly which procedures they will and will not consent to if they are ever in an incapacitated or terminally ill state. Oregon governs the implementation and structure of these documents with Chapter 127 of the Oregon Revised Statutes. These statutes require all living will documents to be in statutory form, and to be signed by two (2) witnesses; one of which may not be related to the Declarant.
The first step to completing an Oregon Living Will is to provide the Declarant's information. These details will consist of his or her full name, address, gender, and telephone number. Next, the Advocate will be appointed by providing his or her first and last name, telephone number, and address. After the Advocate has been named, the Declarant will begin to describe which life-sustaining or life-prolonging treatments he or she may or may not wish to receive. After this section has competed, the Declarant will sign and date the living will in the presence of two witnesses. Once signed by all parties, the document may then be sent to the Declarant's doctor to be made part of their medical records. When the document has been completed, the Principal and the two (2) witnesses will sign and date the document.