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Making a Living Will in Minnesota
A Minnesota Living Will is a legal document that outlines your preferences related to health care, such as your request for or refusal of a certain medical treatment or procedure, along with the (optional) appointment of a chosen healthcare decision maker or "agent."
The person 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 Minnesota residents, this free Living Will is made for use in Dakota County, Hennepin County, Ramsey County, and in every other part of the state. Each Minnesota Living Will form from Rocket Lawyer can be completely personalized to address your unique circumstances. As a result of having this document, your healthcare facilities will have a point of reference for your decisions, and your representative(s) will be able to provide verification that they have the authority to make choices for you.
It is very easy to outline your medical wishes with a free Minnesota Living Will template from Rocket Lawyer:
This method will often end up being notably more affordable than meeting and hiring the average lawyer. If needed, you can fill out a Living Will on behalf of your spouse or another relative, and then have them sign it once you've drafted it. Please remember that for this document to be considered valid, the principal must be mentally competent at the time of signing. If the principal has already been declared legally incompetent, a conservatorship could be necessary. When managing this scenario, it's a good idea for you to work with an attorney.
Every adult ought to have a Living Will in place. While it may be difficult to acknowledge, a time could come when you aren't able to make healthcare decisions on your own. Here are a few typical situations where it might be helpful to make or update your Living Will:
Regardless of whether this Minnesota Living Will is being prepared as part of a long-term plan or created in response to a recent change in your health, notarization and/or witnesses are highly encouraged for protecting your document if its authenticity is challenged by a third party. That said, Living Wills are not valid during pregnancy in Minnesota.
Making a Living Will is usually easy to do, but you or your agent could need legal advice. Depending on whom you contact, some lawyers will not even agree to review your document if they weren't the author. An easier approach would be via the On Call network. When you become a Premium member, you will be able to request advice from an On Call attorney with relevant experience or ask other legal questions related to your Living Will. We're here for you.
The fees associated with meeting and hiring a legal provider to write a Living Will might be between $200 and $1,000, depending on where you are located. Rocket Lawyer isn't your average Living Will template provider. With our service, anyone under a Rocket Lawyer Premium membership can take advantage of up to a 40% discount when hiring an attorney from our On Call network.
Alongside your Minnesota Living Will form, there's a set of instructions for what you should do next. With a membership, you can make edits, save it as a PDF document or Word file, and/or sign it. Finally, your agent(s), care providers, and other impacted parties should receive copies of the final document.
The requirements for Living Wills vary by state; however, in Minnesota, your document must be acknowledged by a notary public or signed by two witnesses. Only one of the witnesses to your Living Will can be your healthcare provider. As a basic principle, your witnesses should not be under 18 years old, and none of them should also be named as your healthcare agent.
Legal references for a Living Will in Minnesota: § 145C.03