What is an Oklahoma Advance Directive for Health Care?
The person making an Advance Directive is called the "principal," and the person or entity gaining authority to carry out the principal's wishes is known as the "agent." Suitable for Oklahoma residents, this Advance Directive is made for use in Alfalfa County, Atoka County, Adair County, and in every other county throughout the state. Any Oklahoma Advance Directive from Rocket Lawyer can be tailored for your particular circumstances. As a result of this essential legal document, your healthcare institutions will have a record of your decisions, and your representative can offer verification that they have been authorized to act in your interest when you are not able.
When to use an Oklahoma 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.
Oklahoma Advance Directive FAQs
How do I write an Advance Directive in Oklahoma?
It's simple and easy to record your medical wishes using a free Oklahoma Advance Directive template from Rocket Lawyer:
- Make your Advance Directive - Provide a few basic details, and we will do the rest
- Send and share it - Review your wishes with your healthcare agent(s) or get legal help
- Sign it and make it legal - Optional or not, witnesses/notarization are ideal
This route is, in many cases, much less time-consuming than finding and hiring a traditional attorney. If needed, you can prepare this Advance Directive on behalf of an elderly parent, a spouse, or another relative, and then have that person sign it after you've drafted it. Please remember that for an Advance Directive to be valid, the principal must be mentally competent at the time of signing. If the principal is already unable to make their own decisions, a conservatorship could be required. In such a scenario, it's best for you to work with a lawyer .
Do I need to write an Advance Directive?
Every adult should have an Advance Healthcare Directive (both a Living Will and a Healthcare Power of Attorney). While it may be painful to think about, there will likely come a time when you cannot make important decisions on your own. Here are some common circumstances in which it might be helpful to make or update your Advance Directive:
- You have been given a terminal diagnosis
- You expect to undergo an in-patient procedure requiring anesthesia
- You currently reside in or are preparing to move into an adult care facility
- You are getting older or dealing with ongoing health issues
Whether this Oklahoma Advance Directive has been made as a result of a recent change in your health or as part of a long-term plan, notarization and witnesses are highly recommended for protecting this document and your agent if their privileges are challenged by a third party. Please note that Advance Directives containing your medical treatment preferences are not valid during pregnancy in Oklahoma.
Do I need an attorney to review my Advance Directive in Oklahoma?
Making an Advance Directive is generally easy to do; however, you could still have questions. Getting another set of eyes on your document can take a lot of time if you do it on your own. An easier approach might be to request help from the On Call network. Rocket Lawyer Premium members are able to request advice from an experienced lawyer or get answers to other legal questions. As always, you can Live Confidently® knowing that Rocket Lawyer is here by your side.
What would it usually cost me to make an Advance Directive in Oklahoma?
The fees associated with hiring and working with a legal provider to produce an Advance Directive might total anywhere from $200 to $1,000, depending on where you are. Rocket Lawyer isn't your average Advance Directive template website. With our service, anyone under a Rocket Lawyer Premium membership has access to up to a 40% discount when hiring an attorney.
Would I need to do anything else after I have made my Oklahoma Advance Directive?
After completing your Advance Directive with Rocket Lawyer, you'll have the ability to retrieve it anytime and anywhere. With a Premium membership, you can make edits, print it, and/or sign it. Alongside your Oklahoma Advance Directive, you'll find a checklist of instructions on what you should do next. Be sure to provide a final copy of the signed document to your agent(s) and care providers.
Does an Advance Directive need to be notarized or witnessed in Oklahoma?
The specific rules and restrictions governing Advance Directives will be different by state; however, in Oklahoma, your Advance Directive requires the signatures of two witnesses. Your witnesses should not include your spouse, adopted children, relatives, heirs, or any other beneficiary. As a basic rule, witnesses will need to be at least age 18, and none of them should simultaneously be acting as your agent.