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Making a Living Will in Georgia
A Georgia Living Will is a legal document that sets forth your preferences related to medical care, such as your refusal of or request for a specific medical treatment, in addition to the (optional) naming of a chosen agent or decision maker.
The individual making a Living Will is known as the "principal," and the person or entity gaining permission to carry out the principal's wishes is called the "agent." Suitable for residents of Georgia, this free Living Will can be used in Cobb County, Fulton County, Gwinnett County, and in all other parts of the state. Any Georgia Living Will form from Rocket Lawyer can be tailored for your specific circumstances. As a result of having this official legal document, your medical providers will have a record of your decisions, and your representative can provide confirmation that they have the authority to act in your interest when you are not able.
It is fast and simple to outline your medical wishes using a free Georgia Living Will template from Rocket Lawyer:
This route, in many cases, would end up being notably less expensive and less time-consuming than hiring the average provider. If necessary, you may start a Living Will on behalf of an elderly parent, a spouse, or another family member, and then have them sign it once you've drafted it. Keep in mind that for this document to be considered legally valid, the principal must be an adult who is mentally competent at the time of signing. If the principal is already unable to make their own decisions, a court-appointed conservatorship may be necessary. In this situation, it's important for you to speak to a lawyer.
Anyone who is over 18 years old ought to have a Living Will. Though it can be difficult to think about, there might come a time when you are not able to make your own healthcare decisions. Here are a few common situations where you might consider it useful to make or update your Living Will:
Whether your Georgia Living Will has been drafted as part of a forward-looking plan or made in response to a recent change in your health, notarization and witnesses are strongly recommended as a best practice for protecting your document if its legitimacy is questioned by a third party. Please note that in Georgia, if the principal is pregnant, the Living Will is not valid.
Making a Living Will is usually easy to do, but you or your agent(s) may have legal questions. Getting someone to double-check your Living Will can take a long time if you attempt to do it on your own. Another approach worth consideration is to go through the Rocket Lawyer On Call® network. Premium members are able to ask for a document review from an experienced attorney or send additional legal questions. As always, you can live confidently with Rocket Lawyer by your side.
The fees associated with meeting and hiring your average legal provider to draft a Living Will could total anywhere from $200 to $1,000, depending on where you are located. Rocket Lawyer offers much more than many other Living Will template websites that you may discover elsewhere. As a Rocket Lawyer member, you can get up to a 40% discount when hiring an attorney.
Attached to each Georgia Living Will form, there will be a set of instructions on what to do next. You also can take any of these actions with your document: editing it, downloading it as a PDF document or Word file, and signing it. Finally, you should be sure that your agent(s) and care providers get a copy of your fully executed document.
The requirements and restrictions governing Living Wills vary in each state; however, in Georgia, your Living Will must be signed by two witnesses. Witnesses cannot be anyone who is directly involved in your health care. Heirs and beneficiaries are excluded, as well. As a general principle, your witnesses will need to be at least 18 years old, and no witness should simultaneously be named as your healthcare agent.
See legal references for a Living Will in Georgia: Title 31, Chapter 32