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Making an Advance Directive in Nevada
A Nevada Advance Directive (or "Declaration Relating to Use Of Life-Sustaining Treatment") is a legal document that sets forth your wishes in relation to medical care, such as your request for or refusal of a specific medical treatment, and/or the appointment of a trusted decision maker.
The person making an Advance Directive is known as the "principal," while the person or organization gaining authority to carry out the principal's wishes is known as the "agent." Suited for residents of Nevada, this Advance Directive is made for use in Washoe County, Lyon County, Clark County, and in every other county across the state. Any Nevada Advance Directive from Rocket Lawyer can be modified for your particular situation. Making this essential legal document will provide a record of your decisions to medical providers, and it will certify that your selected agent has been given the authority to act in your interest when you are not able.
It is fast and easy to set forth your medical preferences with a free Nevada Advance Directive template from Rocket Lawyer:
This method, in many cases, would end up being much more affordable than hiring and working with the average provider. If necessary, you may start this Advance Directive on behalf of your spouse or another relative, and then help them sign after you've drafted it. Please note that for this document to be considered legally 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 court-appointed conservatorship could be required. In such a situation, it would be a good idea to speak with an attorney.
Every person over 18 should have an Advance Healthcare Directive (both a Healthcare Power of Attorney and a Living Will) in place. Although it's difficult to acknowledge, there could come a time when you are no longer able to make medical decisions on your own. Common circumstances where you might find it useful to make or update your Advance Directive include:
Whether this Nevada Advance Directive has been made in response to a recent change in your health or as part of a long-term plan, witnesses and notarization are strongly encouraged for protecting your document if someone questions its legitimacy.
Making an Advance Directive is typically simple to do; however, you or your agent could still have legal questions. Hiring a legal professional to comment on your Nevada Advance Directive may be relatively time-consuming. An easier and more cost-effective way to get a second pair of eyes on your document is to request help from the Rocket Lawyer On Call® network. With a Premium membership, you can get your documents looked at by an attorney with relevant experience. You can rest assured that Rocket Lawyer is here to support you.
The cost of working with an attorney to draft an Advance Directive could add up to anywhere between $200 and $1,000. Rocket Lawyer can offer much more protection than most other Advance Directive template providers that you might encounter elsewhere. As a Rocket Lawyer Premium member, you can get up to a 40% discount when hiring an On Call attorney.
Upon finishing an Advance Directive with Rocket Lawyer, you will be able to view it anytime, anywhere. As a Rocket Lawyer member, you can make edits, print it, and/or sign it. Your Nevada Advance Directive has a list of next steps to take once your document is completed. Your agent(s), care providers, and other impacted parties should receive a copy of your final document. If desired, you can file your Advance Directive in the Nevada Lockbox, the state's official registry.
The guidelines are different by state; however, in Nevada, your document typically needs to be signed by two witnesses. Advance Directives for psychiatric care must also be notarized. The witnesses cannot be your healthcare providers or their employees, nor should they be the owners, operators, or employees of any healthcare facility that is providing your care. At least one witness should not be anyone legally related to you (such as a spouse, adopted child, or family member) or any other heir/beneficiary. As a general principle, witnesses must be over 18 years old, and none of them should simultaneously be your agent. If your agent will be able to make decisions about your cremation or your burial, then the document must also be notarized.
Legal references for an Advance Directive in Nevada: NRS 449A.433