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Here are your FREE Emergency Legal Documents
This is the first step towards protecting yourself in case of a medical emergency that requires someone else to make your medical and/or financial decisions.
We are making the process of protecting yourself with Emergency Legal Documents easy and safe to do from the comfort of your own home.
Below you will find both documents as well as instructions so you know that your documents are properly filled out, executed, and your choices are properly reflected, so you can have peace of mind knowing your documents are legally valid.
Start by downloading the documents, then following along with the instructions to properly fill out your forms.
Health Care Directives Instructions
Durable Power of Attorney Instructions
What to do with your Documents
The documents are notarized: now what?
First, congratulations on taking the time to protect yourself and your loved ones by providing protection and the ability for others to make decisions on your behalf. So now what?
Let’s take the documents one at a time. The Advanced Medical Directive document should be duplicated such that you can provide a copy to your primary physician and each of your chosen agents. Then store the original in a known place that loved ones would check for relevant documents.
Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment and Do Not Resuscitate Orders are often confused with Maryland Advanced Directives. These documents are done with the assistance of a medical professional, and not typically a declarant’s attorney. Because of the permanency and inflexible nature of such orders, particularly the restriction on resuscitation, a declarant should only have such orders in place after being counseled as to their effects. We do not provide the DNR document. View Maryland’s DNR and Medical MOLST Order Form.
The General Durable Power of Attorney should be stored in a known location that your loved ones would check for relevant documents and one copy to each of your selected agents. Also, it is recommended that you contact your major financial institutions, notifying them that you have set up this Durable Power of Attorney. They have an additional form for you to sign. These new forms are intended to make things easier for your agents should the need arise to use the powers given.
Finally, please note that General Durable Power of Attorney forms are looked upon suspiciously, or not taken at all, by banks and other institutions when they are more than a couple of years old. Each place is different, so contact your major financial institutions and ask.
Thanks again for everything you do.