A Delaware Advance Directive is a set of written legal instructions regarding an individual's wishes and preferences for medical care that become effective in the events when they are unable to make decisions for themselves. If a patient does not have their health care wishes specified, these decisions can be placed in the hands of family members, doctors, or even judges, who may know very little about what the patient prefers. Download a ready-made directive through the link below or create your own form with our form builder.
There is a difference between an Advance Directive for Health Care and a Living Will in Delaware. The former comes into force in all cases when an individual is too ill to communicate or unconscious. The latter is a specific type of directive that takes effect when a patient is terminally ill and only lists decisions about life-sustaining medical procedures.
A Delaware Advance Directive is regulated by Chapter 25 of the Regulatory Provisions Concerning Public Health (Health-Care Decisions). The instructions must be in writing and witnessed by two (2) or more adult witnesses neither of whom are related to the individual or entitled to any portion of their estate.
An Advance Directive is a legal document by which an individual appoints a proxy to make healthcare decisions for when they are no longer able to and to administer or withhold treatment and procedures based on their previously stated wishes. The document includes two separate forms:
The attorney-in-fact should meet the following criteria:
You'll need to follow these important steps when preparing your document:
STEP 1 - Choose your health care agent - or proxy. This agent should be a person you trust to make medical decisions for you.
STEP 2 - Consider the kinds of treatment you do or do not want to receive in the event of a serious illness or incapacitation. Consider whether you want to:
STEP 3 - Keep the original completed and signed Advance Directive form with your medical records and give copies out to your health care proxy, physicians, health care providers, and - if necessary - to family members and close friends.