Living Will and Healthcare Power of Attorney

Living Will and Healthcare Power of Attorney in Pennsylvania
Without a Living Will/Advance Directive or Healthcare Power of Attorney, decisions concerning your medical care (if you are in a coma or permanent vegetative state) will be left to your spouse or family members. Your wishes may not be followed without written guidance.

Living Will

Living Will Sample Form

The Living Will is not filed with the court. Give a copy to your family and your doctor, your attorney or clergy person if you desire. Keep a copy in a secure place which is accessible to others if you become unable to act on your own behalf.

If you have any questions, consult an attorney. This material is for informational purposes only and should be verified for accuracy. Our office does not provide legal advice.

For forms and more information, see the PA Dept. of Aging website.

Minimum Requirements

  • You must be at least 18 years old and be of sound mind.
  • You must sign and date the document.
  • Two individuals must witness your signature and they must be at least 18 years old.

The Living Will/Advance Directive does not need to be, but should be, notarized.

You Can Change a Living Will

A Living Will can be changed by you at any time. Just destroy the old one and advise others of the changes. Use the same procedure for creating a new Living Will as with the original.

This information is being provided as a courtesy to the public, and is meant to be a convenient guide to commonly asked questions about living wills and advance directives. You should contact your attorney regarding any specific questions.