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Making an Advance Directive in Connecticut

  • What is a Connecticut Advance Directive?

    A Connecticut Advance Directive is a legal document concerning health care instructions that sets forth your preferences in relation to medical care, such as your acceptance or refusal of a specific treatment, and/or the naming of a trusted decision maker.

    The person making an Advance Directive is called the "principal," and the person or entity gaining permission to carry out the principal's wishes is known as the "agent." Designed for Connecticut residents, this free Advance Directive is made for use in Hartford County, New Haven County, Fairfield County, and in every other part of the state. Any Connecticut Advance Directive from Rocket Lawyer can be fully personalized to address your unique situation. Creating this official legal document provides proof of your preferences to medical providers, and it will certify that your selected representatives have been given the authority to act in your interest when you are not able.

  • How do I write an Advance Directive in Connecticut?

    It's fast and simple to outline your medical preferences using a free Connecticut Advance Directive template from Rocket Lawyer:

    1. Make your Advance Directive - Provide a few general details, and we will do the rest
    2. Send or share - Discuss the document with your healthcare agent or seek legal help
    3. Sign and make it legal - Required or not, notarization/witnesses are recommended

    This solution is often going to be notably less expensive and less time-consuming than working with the average law firm. If needed, you may fill out this Advance Directive on behalf of your spouse or another relative, and then have that person sign after you've drafted it. Please remember that for an Advance Directive to be considered valid, the principal must be a mentally competent adult when they sign. In the event that the principal is already unable to make their own decisions, a conservatorship could be required. When facing this scenario, it's best to speak to an attorney.

  • Why should I make an Advance Directive?

    Anyone who is over 18 years old ought to have an Advance Healthcare Directive (both a Healthcare Power of Attorney and a Living Will) in place. Although it's challenging to think about, there will likely come a day when you cannot make important decisions on your own. Here are a few common circumstances where you might find it helpful to make or update your Advance Directive:

    • You plan to be in the hospital for a medical procedure
    • You are getting older or dealing with ongoing health issues
    • You are managing a terminal condition
    • You intend to move into a residential care facility

    Whether this Connecticut Advance Directive has been generated as part of a forward-looking plan or produced as a result of a recent change in your health, witnesses and/or notarization will often help to protect your document if its legitimacy is doubted by a third party.

  • Do I need to work with an attorney to review my Advance Directive in Connecticut?

    Making an Advance Directive is usually simple; however, you could still need advice. Finding a lawyer to check your Connecticut Advance Directive may be time-consuming and fairly expensive. An easier alternative is via the On Call attorney network. As a Premium member, you can get your document reviewed or send any legal questions. As always, you can rest assured that Rocket Lawyer is here to help.

  • How much might I traditionally pay to make an Advance Directive in Connecticut?

    The fees associated with finding and hiring a conventional law firm to write an Advance Directive might range anywhere from two hundred to one thousand dollars, depending on where you are. Rocket Lawyer is not a run-of-the-mill Advance Directive template provider. With us, anyone under a Rocket Lawyer membership has access to up to a 40% discount when hiring an attorney.

  • Are there any additional steps that I will need to take after drafting my Connecticut Advance Directive?

    With a Rocket Lawyer membership, you can make edits, download it, and print it. In order to make your Connecticut Medical Directive legally binding, you must sign it. You will need to provide a copy of the signed document to your agent(s), care providers, and other impacted parties.

  • Does an Advance Directive need to be notarized or witnessed in Connecticut?

    The specifications and restrictions governing Advance Directives will vary in each state; however, in Connecticut, your Advance Directive must be signed by two witnesses. As a basic standard, your witnesses will need to be at least 18 years old, and none of them should also be acting as your healthcare agent.

    See legal references for an Advance Directive in Connecticut: Chapter 368w

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