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Making an Advance Directive in Utah
A Utah Advance Directive is a legal document that lays out your preferences related to medical care, such as your refusal or acceptance of certain medical treatments or procedures, and/or the appointment of a chosen healthcare decision maker.
The individual making an Advance Directive is known as the "principal," and the person or entity gaining permission to carry out the principal's wishes is called the "agent." Designed for Utah residents, this Advance Directive can be used in Utah County, Davis County, Salt Lake County, and in every other county or municipality across the state. Each Utah Advance Directive from Rocket Lawyer can be modified to address your unique circumstances. Creating this essential legal document provides proof of your preferences to medical institutions, and it will certify that your chosen representative has been given the authority to act in your interest when you are not able.
It is very easy to document your medical wishes with a free Utah Advance Directive template from Rocket Lawyer:
This solution, in most cases, would be much more affordable than finding and hiring the average attorney. If necessary, you may prepare an Advance Directive on behalf of a relative, and then help them sign once you've drafted it. Keep in mind that for this document to be accepted as legally valid, the principal must be mentally competent at the time of signing. If the principal is already unable to make their own decisions, a court-appointed conservatorship generally will be required. When facing this situation, it's a good idea for you to work with an attorney.
If you are over 18 years old, you ought to have an Advance Healthcare Directive (both a Living Will and a Healthcare Power of Attorney). Even though it is tough to think about, a time may come when you are not able to make your own medical decisions. Here are a few typical occasions where you might consider it helpful to make or update your Advance Directive:
Whether your Utah Advance Directive has been made as a result of a recent change in your health or as part of a forward-looking plan, notarization and witnesses often help to protect your agent if a third party doubts their power and authority. That said, Advance Health Care Directives are not valid during pregnancy in Utah.
Making an Advance Directive is generally simple to do, but you may still need advice. Finding an attorney to review your Utah Advance Directive may be expensive. A more cost-effective option would be to go through attorney services at Rocket Lawyer. With a Premium membership, you can get your documents looked at by an On Call attorney with relevant experience. You can rest assured that Rocket Lawyer is here to support you.
The cost of finding and working with a traditional attorney to write an Advance Directive could total anywhere between $200 and $1,000, depending on where you are. Rocket Lawyer offers much more than other Advance Directive template websites that you might encounter elsewhere. As a Rocket Lawyer Premium member, you can get up to 40% in savings when hiring an attorney from our network.
With a membership, you may make edits, save it in PDF format or as a Word file, or print it. In order to complete your Advance Directive, it needs to be signed. Be sure that your agent(s), care providers, and other impacted parties receive a copy of your fully executed document.
The rules will vary in each state; however, in Utah, your Advance Directive needs to be signed by one witness. Your chosen witness must not be anyone who is financially responsible for your medical care or any healthcare provider or administrator of a facility where you are receiving care. It also should not be your spouse or another family member, heir, or beneficiary. As a basic rule, your witness will need to be over 18 years old and should not simultaneously be designated as your agent.
Legal references for an Advance Directive in Utah: Title 75, Chapter 2a, Section 107