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Making an Advance Directive in Idaho

  • What is an Idaho Advance Directive?

    An Idaho Advance Directive (Living Will and Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care) is a legal document that outlines your preferences related to health care, such as your refusal or acceptance of medical treatment, and/or the appointment of a trusted decision maker.

    The person making an Advance Directive is known as the "principal," and the individuals or entities receiving authority to carry out the principal's wishes are called "agents." Suitable for residents of Idaho, this Advance Directive can be used in Canyon County, Kootenai County, Ada County, and in every other part of the state. Each Idaho Advance Directive from Rocket Lawyer can be fully customized for your unique situation. With this essential legal document on hand, your healthcare institutions will have a point of reference for your decisions, and your representative(s) can provide verification that they have the authority to make choices for you.

  • How do I write an Advance Directive in Idaho?

    It is very easy to document your medical wishes using a free Idaho Advance Directive template from Rocket Lawyer:

    1. Make your Advance Directive - Answer a few basic questions, and we will do the rest
    2. Send and share - Review the document with your healthcare agent or ask a legal question
    3. Sign and make it legal - Mandatory or not, notarization/witnesses are encouraged

    This method is often notably more affordable than meeting and hiring a conventional lawyer. If needed, you may start an Advance Directive on behalf of a relative, and then have them sign when ready. 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. In such a scenario, it's a good idea to speak to an attorney.

  • Who should have an Advance Directive?

    If you are over 18 years old, you should have an Advance Healthcare Directive (both a Living Will and a Healthcare Power of Attorney). Though it's unpleasant to think about, a time could come when you are not able to make your own healthcare decisions. Here are some common situations where you may consider it useful to make or update your Advance Directive:

    • You will be hospitalized for surgery
    • You are getting older or dealing with ongoing health issues
    • You've been diagnosed with a terminal illness
    • You intend to move into a residential care facility

    Whether this Idaho Advance Directive has been prepared as part of a long-term plan or made as a result of a change in your health, notarization and witnesses are strongly encouraged for protecting your document if its lawfulness is doubted. In Idaho, this document is not valid if the principal is pregnant.

  • Do I need an attorney to review my Advance Directive in Idaho?

    Making an Advance Directive is generally easy to do, but you or your agent(s) may have questions. Depending on whom you reach out to, some attorneys will not even agree to review a document that they didn't work on. A better approach would be through attorney services at Rocket Lawyer. When you sign up for a Premium membership, you have the ability to request feedback from an attorney with relevant experience or pose additional legal questions related to your Advance Directive. We are always here to help.

  • How much would it usually cost for an attorney to help me make an Advance Directive in Idaho?

    The fees associated with hiring and working with a conventional law firm to make an Advance Directive could total anywhere between two hundred and one thousand dollars, depending on where you are located. Rocket Lawyer offers much more than most other Advance Directive template websites that you might encounter elsewhere. As a Rocket Lawyer Premium member, you can get up to a 40% discount when hiring an attorney from our network.

  • Am I required to do anything else after I have made an Idaho Advance Directive?

    Alongside your Advance Directive, there is a series of suggested steps you can take once the document is finished. With a Premium membership, you can make edits, print it out, and/or sign it. Finally, you should ensure that your agent(s) and care providers get a copy of your final document. Optionally, you may file your documents in the Idaho Health Care Directive Registry.

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

    The laws for Advance Directives are different by state; however, in Idaho, neither witnesses nor notarization are legally required. That said, both are recommended to help reinforce the authenticity of your document. As a general standard, your witnesses must be at least 18 years old, and none should simultaneously be your agent.

    Legal references for an Advance Directive in Idaho: § 39-4510

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