A New Mexico Living Will - sometimes confused with an Advance Directive - is a document that allows an individual to clarify their wishes regarding health care and treatment in case of temporary or permanent incapacity.
The form must at the very least address the three following topics:
A New Mexico Living Will is defined by Section 24-7A-1 of the New Mexico Uniform Health Care Decisions Act. No witnesses are required. A revocation of the document, however, must be signed by or for the individual and be witnessed by two (2) witnesses.
A Living Will is a legal form that lets all participating parties know about the kind of medical care and palliative care a patient wishes to receive. When creating a will, the individual will be deciding on the types of care that they are willing to receive and the types of medical care they will not be receiving. For example, some people choose to not be resuscitated if they stop breathing while in a coma, while others choose to remain on life support.
An individual can print out a basic Living Will template with or without the assistance of an attorney. The document may be revoked in writing or orally, by either the patient (the person making the will) or by a designated proxy (the person elected to make healthcare-related decisions for the patient).
A basic Living Will can be completed without a lawyer or an attorney. Generally, all Living Wills in New Mexico include the following sections: