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OTHER NAMES Idaho Advance Directive Idaho Advance Healthcare Directive Idaho Medical Directive Idaho Advance Medical Directive Idaho Advance Health Care Directive

What is an Idaho Living Will?

An Idaho Living Will is a legal document that sets forth your wishes with regard to health care, such as your refusal or acceptance of medical treatment, along with the optional naming of a trusted decision maker. 
 
The individual making a Living Will is known as the "principal," and the people or organizations obtaining permission to carry out the principal's wishes are called "agents." Suited for residents of Idaho, this Living Will can be used in Kootenai County, Ada County, Canyon County, and in every other region in the state. Any Idaho Living Will form from Rocket Lawyer can be completely customized for your specific circumstances. As a result of having this legal document, your healthcare providers will have a point of reference for your preferences, and your representative(s) will be able to offer confirmation that they have been authorized to make choices for you when you are not able.

When to use an Idaho Living Will:

  • You're protecting your loved ones by making sure they know what treatments you do and don't want.
  • You're getting ready to prepare a comprehensive estate plan.

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Idaho Living Will FAQs

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  • How do I write a Living Will in Idaho?

    It's fast and simple to record your medical wishes with a free Idaho Living Will template from Rocket Lawyer:

    1. Make your Living Will - Provide a few details, and we will do the rest
    2. Send or share it - Discuss your wishes with your healthcare agent(s) or seek legal help
    3. Sign it and make it legal - Optional or not, witnesses/notarization are a best practice

    This route, in most cases, will be much more affordable and convenient than working with the average law firm. If necessary, you may prepare a Living Will on behalf of your spouse or another family member, and then have that person sign it once you've drafted it. Please remember that for a Living Will to be accepted as valid, the principal must be an adult who is mentally competent at the time of signing. In the event that the principal has already been declared legally incompetent, a court-appointed conservatorship generally will be necessary. When managing such a situation, it would be important to work with a lawyer .

  • Do I need to make a Living Will?

    Every person over 18 years old should have a Living Will. Although it can be painful to think about, a day might come when you aren't able to make your own healthcare decisions. Common situations where it can be helpful to make or update your Living Will include:

    • You have plans to live in a community care facility
    • You are currently managing a terminal illness
    • You are getting older or have declining health
    • You are planning for an upcoming medical procedure or hospitalization

    Whether this Idaho Living Will has been prepared as part of a forward-looking plan or produced in response to a change in your health, witnesses and/or notarization can often help to protect your document if its authenticity is doubted by a third party. In Idaho, this document is not valid during pregnancy.

  • Do I need to hire an attorney for my Living Will in Idaho?

    Making a Living Will is usually simple; however, you may have questions. Getting an attorney to review your document can take a long time on your own. An alternate approach could be via the Rocket Lawyer attorney network. Premium members can request advice from an experienced lawyer or get answers to additional questions. As always, you can be confident that Rocket Lawyer is by your side.

  • What would I normally have to pay to make a Living Will in Idaho?

    The cost of meeting and hiring the average lawyer to make a Living Will can add up to anywhere between two hundred and one thousand dollars. Rocket Lawyer is not your average Living Will template provider. With us, anyone under a Rocket Lawyer Premium membership can take advantage of up to a 40% discount when hiring an attorney from our network.

  • Are there any next steps that I should take after making an Idaho Living Will?

    When you're done completing this Living Will form with Rocket Lawyer, you will have the ability to open it at any time and place. You should feel free to engage with the document in any of the following ways: editing it, printing it, or signing it. Attached to each Idaho Living Will form, there is a series of tips for what comes next to finalize your document. Your agent(s), care providers, and other impacted parties should receive copies of your final document. Optionally, you may also file your Living Will in the Idaho Health Care Directive Registry .

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

    The specifications for Living Wills will vary in each state; however, in Idaho, neither witnesses nor notarization is legally required. That said, both are recommended to help reinforce the legitimacy of your document. As a general principle, your witnesses will need to be over 18 years old, and none of them should also be named as your agent.

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