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Making a Living Will in Alabama

  • What is an Alabama Living Will?

    An Alabama Living Will is a legal document that outlines your wishes regarding health care, such as your refusal of or request for a certain medical treatment, along with the optional naming of a chosen healthcare decision maker.

    The person making a Living Will is called the "principal," and the people or entities obtaining permission to carry out the principal's wishes are called "agents." Designed for residents of Alabama, this free Living Will is made for use in Madison County, Jefferson County, Mobile County, and in every other county or municipality throughout the state. Each Alabama Living Will form from Rocket Lawyer can be fully personalized to address your particular circumstances. As a result of this document, your medical providers will have a point of reference for your decisions, and your representative will be able to offer verification that they have been given the authority to make choices for you.

  • How do I write a Living Will in Alabama?

    It is fast and easy to record your medical wishes using a free Alabama Living Will template from Rocket Lawyer:

    1. Make your Living Will - Answer a few questions, and we will do the rest
    2. Send and share it - Go over it with your healthcare agent or get legal help
    3. Sign it and make it legal - Mandatory or not, notarization/witnesses are ideal

    This solution will often be much more affordable and convenient than finding and working with a traditional attorney. If necessary, you may fill out this Living Will on behalf of your spouse or another family member, and then help them sign it after you've drafted it. Please remember that for a Living Will to be considered legally valid, the principal must be an adult who is mentally competent at the time of signing. If the principal has already been declared legally incompetent, a court-appointed conservatorship may be necessary. In this scenario, it's a good idea for you to speak to a lawyer.

  • Do I need to write a Living Will?

    Every person over 18 ought to have a Living Will in place. Though it's unpleasant to think about, a time might come when you aren't able to make your own healthcare decisions. Common circumstances where you might find it useful to make or update your Living Will include:

    • You reside in or have plans to move into an adult care facility
    • You are currently managing a terminal condition
    • You are aging or dealing with ongoing health issue
    • You will be in the hospital for surgery

    Regardless of whether this Alabama Living Will has been created in response to a change in your health or as part of a forward-looking plan, witnesses and notarization can help to protect your agent if someone challenges their authority. In Alabama, this document is not valid if the principal is pregnant.

  • Do I need an attorney to review my Living Will in Alabama?

    Making a Living Will is typically straightforward, but you or your agent may have questions. Having a professional look over the document may take a lot of time on your own. An alternate approach worth consideration is to get help via the attorney services at Rocket Lawyer. Rocket Lawyer members have the ability to request feedback from an attorney with relevant experience or send additional questions. As always, you can Live Confidently® knowing that Rocket Lawyer is here by your side.

  • How much would I normally pay for an attorney to help me make a Living Will in Alabama?

    The fees associated with finding and hiring a lawyer to make a Living Will could total anywhere from two hundred to one thousand dollars, depending on where you are. Rocket Lawyer isn't your average Living Will template website. With us, anyone under a Premium membership can take advantage of up to 40% in savings when hiring an attorney from our On Call network.

  • Will there be any additional actions that I should take after writing an Alabama Living Will?

    When you are done making this document with Rocket Lawyer, you will be able to see it on any device, anytime. As a Rocket Lawyer member, you may edit it, save it in PDF format or as a Word document, and/or sign it. Each Alabama Living Will form comes with its own set of tips to follow while finalizing the document. You should make sure to give a final copy of the fully signed document to your agent(s) and care providers.

  • Does a Living Will need to be notarized or witnessed in Alabama?

    The laws are different in each state; however, in Alabama, your Living Will needs two witnesses. Witnesses cannot be anyone who is responsible for the cost of your medical care, nor should they be a spouse/relative, heir, or any other beneficiary. As a general standard, witnesses should be at least 19 years old, and no witness should also be designated as your agent.

    Alabama Living Will Laws: AL Code § 22-8A-4

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