< Advance Directive – McGinty & Belcher Salem Oregon

Who should get copies of my Advance Directive?

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Who should get copies of my Advance Directive?

Answer:
After signing your Advance Directive you should give a copy to your heath care representative(s), your physicians, family members, your attorney, and anyone else that may be involved with your health care. Keep a list of persons who have a copy of your Advance Directive. If you later change or revoke your Advance Directive, you will want to destroy the outdated copies.

Can my Advance Directive show that I want to be an organ donor?

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I would like to be an organ donor. Can my Advance Directive indicate that I want to be an organ donor?

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Yes. You can include any special instructions you want in your Advance Directive. You can also include any restrictions you want on how your representative will make decisions for you. You can include instructions for health care providers to follow if you become unable to direct your care.

Can I make my own Advance Directive?

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Can I make my own Advance Directive?

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Oregon law requires that an Advance Directive is made in a specific form. Your Advance Directive will not be valid if it is not in the correct form. All health care facilities and organizations have the correct forms and will provide them to you. You can also have your attorney prepare the form for you as part of your estate plan.

Does the Advance Directive have to be witnessed?

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Does an Advance Directive need to be witnessed? If so, who can witness an Advance Directive?

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Yes. An Advance Directive must be signed by two witnesses. Only one witness may be related by blood, marriage, or adoption, or plan to inherit any part of or have any claim against your estate. This restriction includes owners, operators, or employees of a health care facility where you are a patient or resident. The health care representative, alternate representative, or your attending physician cannot be witnesses.