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Making an Advance Directive in Kentucky

  • What is a Kentucky Advance Directive?

    A Kentucky Advance Directive is a legal document that lays out your wishes with regard to medical care, such as your acceptance or refusal of a medical treatment or procedure, and/or the appointment of a chosen healthcare decision maker.

    The individual making an Advance Directive is known as the "principal," while the individual or entity obtaining permission to carry out the principal's wishes is known as the "agent." Suitable for Kentucky residents, this Advance Directive can be used in Fayette County, Kenton County, Jefferson County, and in every other part of the state. Any Kentucky Advance Directive from Rocket Lawyer can be edited to address your unique circumstances. As a result of this essential legal document, your medical providers will have a point of reference for your decisions, and your agent(s) will be able to provide verification that they have been authorized to act in your interest.

  • How do I make an Advance Directive in Kentucky?

    It's very simple to document your medical wishes using a free Kentucky Advance Directive template from Rocket Lawyer:

    1. Make the document - Answer a few simple questions, and we will do the rest
    2. Send or share - Discuss your wishes with your healthcare agent(s) or ask a legal question
    3. Sign it and make it legal - Required or not, notarization/witnesses are encouraged

    This method, in many cases, would be much more affordable than hiring the average provider. If needed, you may start an Advance Directive on behalf of an elderly parent, a spouse, or another family member, and then have them sign once you've drafted it. Please keep in mind that for an Advance Directive to be valid, the principal must be mentally competent at the time of signing. In the event that the principal has already been declared incompetent, a conservatorship may be necessary. When managing such a scenario, it's a good idea for you to talk to a lawyer.

  • Do I need to write an Advance Directive?

    Every adult ought to have an Advance Healthcare Directive (both a Healthcare Power of Attorney and a Living Will) in place. Though it's difficult to think about, a time could come when you are no longer able to make important decisions on your own. Common circumstances where it might be helpful to make or update your Advance Directive include:

    • You will be undergoing a medical procedure requiring anesthesia
    • You are getting older or have declining health
    • You are currently managing a terminal condition
    • You reside in or intend to move into a community care facility

    Regardless of whether this Kentucky Advance Directive is being prepared as part of a long-term plan or made in response to a recent change in your health, notarization and witnesses are highly recommended as a best practice for protecting your document if someone disputes its authenticity. This document is not valid during pregnancy in Kentucky.

  • Should I hire a lawyer to review my Advance Directive in Kentucky?

    Making an Advance Directive is normally easy to do, but you or your agent(s) could need legal advice. Finding an attorney to comment on your document might take a long time if you attempt to do it on your own. An alternate approach to consider is to request help from Rocket Lawyer attorney services. Rocket Lawyer members are able to request a document review from an On Call attorney with relevant experience or pose additional questions. As always, you can live confidently with Rocket Lawyer by your side.

  • On average, how much would it normally cost for me to make an Advance Directive in Kentucky?

    The fees associated with hiring and working with a law firm to produce an Advance Directive could range between $200 and $1,000. Rocket Lawyer isn't a run-of-the-mill Advance Directive template website. With our service, anyone under a Rocket Lawyer Premium membership can take advantage of up to 40% in savings when hiring an attorney from our network.

  • Is anything else required after making a Kentucky Advance Directive?

    With a Rocket Lawyer membership, you can make edits, download it in PDF format or as a Word document, and print it out. In order to make your Kentucky Medical Directive legally binding, you need to sign it. Your agent(s) and care providers should get a copy of your fully executed document.

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

    The specifications and restrictions governing Advance Directives will be different by state; however, in Kentucky, your Advance Directive must be signed by two witnesses or notarized. Witnesses to an Advance Directivel must not be your attending physician or anyone responsible for your healthcare costs, nor can they be affiliated with your healthcare facility unless providing notary services. Relatives or other beneficiaries are also restricted. As a general rule, witnesses must be at least 18 years old, and none should simultaneously be named as your agent.

    Legal references for an Advance Directive in Kentucky: KRS 311.621 to 311.643

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