What is a Kansas Advance Directive?
The person making an Advance Directive is called the "principal," while the person or entity obtaining permission to carry out the principal's wishes is known as the "agent." Designed for residents of Kansas, this free Advance Directive can be used in Sedgwick County, Shawnee County, Johnson County, and in all other parts of the state. Each Kansas Advance Directive from Rocket Lawyer can be modified to address your unique situation. As a result of this essential legal document, your healthcare providers will have a record of your decisions and your agent can provide proof that they have the authority to act in your interest when you are not able.
When to use a Kansas Advance Directive:
- You're making sure your loved ones aren't put in the position of making important end-of-life healthcare decisions for you.
- You're about to draft a complete estate plan, and want to make sure life-sustaining treatments are covered.
Kansas Advance Directive FAQs
How do I write an Advance Directive in Kansas?
It is fast and simple to document your medical preferences with a free Kansas Advance Directive template from Rocket Lawyer:
- Make the document - Provide a few simple details, and we will do the rest
- Send and share - Review the document with your healthcare agent or ask a legal question
- Sign it and make it legal - Required or not, witnesses/notarization are recommended
This route, in many cases, will end up being notably less expensive than meeting and hiring your average law firm. If needed, you may prepare an Advance Directive on behalf of a relative, and then have them sign when ready. Please remember that for an Advance Directive to be legally valid, the principal must be mentally competent when they sign. If the principal has already been declared legally incompetent, a conservatorship might be required. When dealing with this scenario, it's best for you to work with a lawyer .
Why should I have an Advance Directive?
Anyone who is over 18 ought to have an Advance Healthcare Directive (both a Healthcare Power of Attorney and a Living Will). Even though it can be difficult to think about, there will likely come a day when you are not able to make healthcare decisions on your own. Typical circumstances where it would be useful to make or update your Advance Directive include:
- You will be undergoing a medical procedure that requires anesthesia
- You are aging or dealing with ongoing health issues
- You are managing a terminal condition
- You currently live in or are planning to move into a community care facility
Regardless of whether this Kansas Advance Directive has been made as a result of a change in your health or as part of a long-term plan, witnesses and/or notarization will often help to protect your document if its legitimacy is doubted.
Should I hire a lawyer to review my Advance Directive in Kansas?
Making an Advance Directive is normally easy to do; however, you might need advice. Getting a lawyer to give feedback on your Kansas Advance Directive may be fairly time-intensive. A more cost-effective route is to go through the Rocket Lawyer attorney network. When you become a Premium member, you can get your documents reviewed or ask specific questions. You can rest assured that Rocket Lawyer will be here to support you.
On average, how much would I typically need to pay to make an Advance Directive in Kansas?
The fees associated with finding and working with a conventional legal provider to draft an Advance Directive could add up to between $200 and $1,000. Rocket Lawyer can offer much more protection than many other Advance Directive template providers that you might come across. As a Rocket Lawyer Premium member, you can get up to 40% in savings when hiring an attorney from our network.
Will there be any next steps that I should be sure to take after drafting a Kansas Advance Directive?
With a Premium membership, you will be able to edit it, save it in PDF format or as a Word file, and print it. When you are ready to wrap up your Advance Directive, it should be signed. You should make sure to provide a final 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 Kansas?
The specific requirements will vary in each state; however, in Kansas, your Advance Directive needs the signatures of two witnesses or a notary public. The witnesses to your document should not be anyone who is responsible for the cost of your healthcare, nor should they be family members (including your spouse or adopted children), heirs, or any other beneficiaries. As a basic principle, witnesses will need to be at least age 18, and none should simultaneously be acting as your agent.