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Making a Living Will in North Carolina
A North Carolina Living Will is a legal document that outlines your preferences in relation to medical care, such as your acceptance or refusal of a specific medical treatment or procedure, in addition to the (optional) selection of a trusted healthcare agent.
The individual making a Living Will is called the "principal," while the individuals or entities obtaining permission to carry out the principal's wishes are called "agents." Suitable for North Carolina residents, this free Living Will can be used in Guilford County, Mecklenburg County, Wake County, and in any other part of the state. Any North Carolina Living Will form from Rocket Lawyer can be completely customized to address your unique scenario. As a result of having this legal document, your healthcare institutions will have a record of your decisions, and your agent(s) can offer verification that they have the authority to act in your interest when you are not able.
It's fast and simple to outline your medical preferences using a free North Carolina Living Will template from Rocket Lawyer:
This solution is often much less expensive and less time-consuming than finding and working with a traditional provider. If necessary, you may start a Living Will on behalf of your spouse, an elderly parent, or another relative, and then have them sign once you've drafted it. Please note that for a Living Will to be considered legally valid, the principal must be a mentally competent adult when they sign. In the event that the principal is already unable to make their own decisions, a conservatorship might be necessary. When dealing with such a situation, it's important to speak to a lawyer.
Anyone who is over 18 years old ought to have a Living Will. Though it is unpleasant to acknowledge, a time might come when you aren't able to make your own medical decisions. Common occasions where you might consider it useful to make or update your Living Will include:
Whether your North Carolina Living Will has been produced as a result of a change in your health or as part of a forward-looking plan, notarization and witnesses are highly encouraged for protecting this document and your agent if their power and authority are questioned by a third party. That said, a Living Will is deemed invalid in North Carolina if the principal is pregnant.
Making a Living Will is typically simple to do; however, you or your agent(s) might need advice. Depending on whom you approach, some attorneys will not even accept requests to review documents that they didn't work on. A more favorable approach would be through the Rocket Lawyer On Call® network of attorneys. If you sign up for a Premium membership, you can ask for feedback from an attorney with relevant experience or pose other questions related to your Living Will. As always, we'll be here to support you.
The cost of hiring and working with a traditional lawyer to produce a Living Will could be anywhere from $200 to $1,000, depending on where you are located. Rocket Lawyer offers much more than most other Living Will template websites that you may find. As a Rocket Lawyer member, you can get up to a 40% discount when hiring an attorney from our On Call network.
Your North Carolina Living Will form has its own list of tips to follow while finalizing the document. Feel free to take any or all of the following actions with your PoA: making edits, saving it in PDF format or as a Word file, printing it, or signing it. Finally, be sure to provide a final copy of your fully signed document to your agent(s) and care providers.
The guidelines and restrictions for Living Wills vary in each state; however, in North Carolina, your document needs the signatures of two witnesses and a notary public. Witnesses to a Living Will cannot be your attending physician or mental health provider, nor can they be an employee of any healthcare facility, adult care facility, or nursing home where you are a patient or resident. Your spouse, relatives, heirs, and other beneficiaries are also prohibited. As a basic standard, witnesses must be at least 18 years old, and none should simultaneously be designated as your healthcare agent.
Legal references for a Living Will in North Carolina: § 90-321
Last reviewed or updated 09/28/2021