A Utah Living Will is a document that combines the effects of a power of attorney and health care directive. Formally known as an Advance Healthcare Directive, this document allows a person to determine which treatments and procedures they would like to receive to prolong the dying process if they ever fall into an incapacitated or terminally ill state. In Utah, Title 75, Chapter 2a of the Utah Code dictates that all documents must be in writing, and be signed by the Declarant in the presence of two (2) witnesses. Additionally, these documents are not valid in Utah toward a Declarant who is pregnant. Additionally, these statutes declare that the Declarant's current wishes take precedence over a living will document and can be revoked either orally by destroying the document or by the Declarant conveying these wishes to the attending physician
The first step to completing a living will in Utah is to provide the Declarant's information. These details will consist of his or her first and last name, along with their gender, address, and telephone number. Next, the Advocate will be appointed by providing his or her full name, address, and phone number. Next, the Principal will detail any medical procedures, that he or she will and will not consent to. These may include CPR, blood transfusions, feeding tubes, and so forth. Once this section has been completed and all of the Declarant's wishes have been recorded, he or she will then sign the document in the presence of two (2) witnesses so the document can be made a part of his or her medical records.