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Advance Directives FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)


» What is an advance directive? 

» What is a living will? 

» What is a durable power of attorney for health care? 

» What is artificial nutrition and hydration? 

» Do I need both a living will and a durable power of attorney for health care? 

» I already have a living will. Do I need a new one? 

» Will my advance directives need to be renewed? 

» Can I revoke my advance directive? 

» What if my advance directive was executed in another state? 

» How will my doctor and hospital know I have an advance directive? 

» Who else should know that I have an advance directive? 

» Do I need a lawyer in order to create an advance directive? 

» Who can witness the signing of my advance directives? 

» Am I required to have an advance directive? 

» What if I don't want an advance directive? 

» Why would I want to allow my health care agent to make decisions over my objection? 

» What if I have more questions? 

Information courtesy of the New Hampshire Hospital Association.