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Making an Advance Directive in Nebraska

  • What is a Nebraska Advance Directive?

    A Nebraska Advance Directive (or "Declaration Relating to Use Of Life-Sustaining Treatment") is a legal document that sets forth your wishes regarding health care, such as your refusal or acceptance of specific medical treatments and procedures, and/or the naming of a chosen agent or decision maker.

    The person making an Advance Directive is known as the "principal," and the people or entities gaining permission to carry out the principal's wishes are called "agents." Suited for residents of Nebraska, this Advance Directive is made for use in Lancaster County, Sarpy County, Douglas County, and in every other county across the state. Each Nebraska Advance Directive from Rocket Lawyer can be edited to address your particular scenario. This essential document will provide a record of your decisions to medical facilities, and it will certify that your chosen agents have been given the authority to make choices for you when you are not able.

  • How do I make an Advance Directive in Nebraska?

    It's very simple to outline your medical preferences with a free Nebraska Advance Directive template from Rocket Lawyer:

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

    This solution is often going to be notably less expensive than meeting and hiring your average lawyer. If needed, you may prepare this Advance Directive on behalf of an elderly parent, a spouse, or another family member, and then help them sign after you've drafted it. Please remember that for an Advance Directive to be valid, the principal must be a mentally competent adult when they sign. In the event that the principal is already incapacitated and unable to make their own decisions, a conservatorship might be required. When dealing with this scenario, it is a good idea to work with an attorney.

  • Who should make an Advance Directive?

    Every adult should have an Advance Healthcare Directive (both a Healthcare Power of Attorney and a Living Will) in place. Although it's painful to think about, a time might come when you are no longer able to make your own healthcare decisions. Common occasions in which it can be useful to make or update your Advance Directive include:

    • You are expecting to undergo an in-patient procedure that requires anesthesia
    • You are aging or have declining health
    • You are managing a terminal illness
    • You have plans to live in a residential care facility

    Whether this Nebraska Advance Directive is being produced in response to a change in your health or as part of a forward-looking plan, notarization and/or witnesses are highly recommended for protecting your document if a third party doubts its validity.

  • Should I work with a lawyer for my Advance Directive in Nebraska?

    Making an Advance Directive is typically simple; however, you or your agent could still need legal advice. It can vary depending on whom you ask, but quite often some lawyers won't even agree to review your document if they did not work on it. A more favorable approach might be to request help from Rocket Lawyer attorney services. By signing up for a Premium membership, you will be able to ask for advice from an experienced attorney or ask other questions about your Advance Directive. As always, Rocket Lawyer is here to support you.

  • How much would I traditionally need to pay to make an Advance Directive in Nebraska?

    The fees associated with hiring and working with your average lawyer to produce an Advance Directive might total anywhere between two hundred and one thousand dollars. Rocket Lawyer can offer much more protection than other Advance Directive template websites that you may find. As a Rocket Lawyer member, you can get up to a 40% discount when hiring an attorney from our network.

  • What steps should I take after writing my Nebraska Advance Directive?

    With a membership, you can edit it, save it in PDF format or as a Word document, and/or print it. In order to make this Nebraska Medical Directive into a truly legal document, you need to sign it. You should ensure that your agent(s) and care providers receive their copy of your fully executed document.

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

    The rules are different in each state; however, in Nebraska, your Advance Directive needs to be acknowledged by a notary public or signed by two witnesses when it contains a Living Will. Witnesses to your Advance Directive form should not be your relative/spouse, heirs, or other beneficiaries. Employees of your life or health insurance providers are also restricted, and only one witness may be a director or employee of your healthcare provider. As a general standard, witnesses must not be under the age of 18, and none of them should simultaneously be acting as your agent.

    Legal references for an Advance Directive in Nebraska: § 20-404

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