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Other Names: Michigan Advance Directive Michigan Advance Healthcare Directive Michigan Medical Directive Michigan Advance Medical Directive Michigan Advance Health Care Directive
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What is a Michigan Living Will?

A Michigan Living Will is a legal document that lays out your preferences related to medical care, such as your acceptance or refusal of medical treatment, along with the (optional) naming of a chosen agent or healthcare decision maker. 
The individual making a Living Will is known as the "principal," and the individual or organization gaining permission to carry out the principal's wishes is known as the "agent." Suited for residents of Michigan, this free Living Will can be used in Washtenaw County, Kent County, Genesee County, and in all other counties and municipalities in the state. Each Michigan Living Will form from Rocket Lawyer can be modified to address your unique circumstances. This official legal document provides a record of your decisions to medical providers, and it will certify that your selected agent has been authorized to make choices for you.

When to use a Michigan Living Will:

  • You'd like to legally put end-of-life wishes in writing.
  • You're putting together a full estate plan and want to include healthcare preferences.

Michigan Living Will FAQs

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  • How do I write a Living Will in Michigan?

    It is quick and easy to document your medical wishes with a free Michigan Living Will template from Rocket Lawyer:

    1. Make the document - Answer a few simple questions, and we will do the rest
    2. Send and share it - Go over the document with your healthcare agent(s) or ask a lawyer
    3. Sign and make it legal - Optional or not, witnesses and notarization are a best practice

    This solution, in many cases, will be notably more affordable than finding and working with your average law firm. If needed, you can fill out this Living Will on behalf of a relative, and then help that person sign after you've drafted it. Please keep in mind that for this document to be considered valid, the principal must be mentally competent when they sign. If the principal has already been declared legally incompetent, a court-appointed conservatorship could be required. In this situation, it would be a good idea to connect with an attorney .

  • Who should have a Living Will?

    If you are over 18 years old, you ought to have a Living Will. While it is difficult to acknowledge, there could come a time when you are no longer able to make your own healthcare decisions. Here are some typical occasions in which it would be useful to make or update your Living Will:

    • You are managing a terminal illness
    • You will be in the hospital for a surgical procedure
    • You currently live in or are preparing to move into a care facility
    • You are aging or have declining health

    Regardless of whether this Michigan Living Will has been created in response to a recent change in your health or as part of a forward-looking plan, notarization and witnesses are highly encouraged for protecting your document if its lawfulness is questioned.

  • Should I work with an attorney to review my Living Will in Michigan?

    Making a Living Will is typically straightforward; however, you or your agent may still have legal questions. Having a lawyer look over the document may take a long time if you attempt to do it alone. An alternate approach might be to request help from attorney services at Rocket Lawyer. Premium members are able to request guidance from an attorney with relevant experience or pose additional questions. As always, you can Live Confidently® knowing that Rocket Lawyer is here by your side.

  • How much would I normally pay to make a Living Will in Michigan?

    The fees associated with finding and hiring the average law firm to make a Living Will might range anywhere between two hundred and one thousand dollars, depending on where you are. Different from the other websites that you might stumble upon, Rocket Lawyer offers more than a Living Will template. If you ever require help from a lawyer, your membership provides up to 40% in savings when you hire an attorney.

  • Is anything else required after making my Michigan Living Will?

    Upon finishing this Living Will form with the help of Rocket Lawyer, you'll be able to review it at any time and place. You also can interact with it in all of the following ways: editing it, printing it, and/or signing it. Your Michigan Living Will form has its own list of next steps you can take to finalize the document. Your agent(s), care providers, and other impacted parties should receive copies of your final document.

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

    The laws vary in each state; however, in Michigan, neither witnesses nor notarization is legally required. That said, both are recommended to help reinforce the legitimacy of your document. As a basic rule, witnesses must be at least 18 years old, and none should also be acting as your healthcare agent.

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