A Living Will provides instructions about “end of life” care; it is also commonly referred to as a DNR (Do Not Resuscitate). Article 5 of Chapter 32 in Title 36 of Arizona Revised Statutes Section governs living wills. It is pertinent that a living will is constructed prior to entrance to a hospital or care home of yours or your family’s choice.
Arizona Revised Statutes Section 36-3262 provides a sample living will form and related information. The Living Will provided in the Form Library may also be printed and utilized. The Living Will must be signed in front of a witness OR a Notary Public. Neither the witness nor the Notary can be:
- Related to you (the declarant) by blood or marriage;
- Entitled to any portion of declarant’s estate either by will or codicil or according to the laws of intestate succession;
- Directly financially responsible for the declarant’s medical care;
- The declarant’s doctor or an employee of that doctor; or
- An employee or patient in the hospital where the declarant is a patient.
You can often obtain a form of Living Will or DNR from many hospitals, urgent care or emergency centers. Many of these facilities prefer the use of their forms. A doctor or medical facility can refuse to honor a Living Will. It can be helpful to provide a copy of your Living Will to your physician(s) and the care centers you use while you are physically competent and able to do so and to discuss your wishes with them.
For additional information and forms please visit the website for the Arizona State Attorney General Office.