Law for Older Americans

Health Care Advance Directives

Can you change or terminate your advance directive?

Yes. You can change or revoke your advance directive while you have the capacity to do so, and no one can make a health care decision over your objection. You can revoke your directive orally or in writing by just about any means, although it is preferable to do it by writing your agent, physician and anyone else who has a copy of your directive.

If you want to change your advance directive, it is best to execute a new one, since an amendment will require the same signature formalities of a new document anyway.

>>What is a health care advance directive?
>>How do you plan a health care advance directive?
>>Is a health care advance directive the same as a living will?
>>Why can't I just tell my doctor what I want?
>>Will doctors and hospitals recognize my advance directive?
>>What is the Patient Self-Determination Act?
>>How do you write an advance directive?
>>What kinds of decisions does a health-care agent make?
>>How do you select a health-care agent?
>>Are there any formalities of signing an advance directive?
>>Can you change or terminate your advance directive?
>>Where should you keep the directive?
>>When should you review your advance directive?
>>Is an advance directive still good when you cross state lines?


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