The Best Sources for Indiana Living Will and Medical Power of Attorney Forms
If you've decided it's time to prepare documents directing your health care, congratulations. It may be challenging to think about the kinds of medical treatment you do or do not want at the end of life, but your completed forms are almost guaranteed to bring peace of mind to you and your loved ones.
To get started, you'll need the right forms to fill out. In Indiana, that means obtaining forms for a Living Will or Life-Prolonging Procedures Declaration and an Appointment of Health Care Representative.
Which Health Care Forms Are Best?
You have several options for choosing forms in Indiana. You can use the health care forms published by the state, but you are not required to do so. Similar forms are valid as long as they meet state law requirements, including signing and witnessing or notarization rules. (See Indiana Code §§ 36-4-9 and 30-5-4-1.)
If you want to quickly prepare basic, legally valid health care forms, you can find a link to free copies of Indiana's Living Will and Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care forms below. Many people prefer, however, to address their health care wishes in more detail than a one-form-fits-all approach allows.
Following is a brief overview of what Indiana's health care forms cover, as well as your options for making a more comprehensive guide to your health care wishes, if you choose to do so.
About Indiana's Health Care Forms
Indiana's health care forms allow you to do the following:
Specify your health care wishes. Indiana offers two different forms for this purpose: You can use a Living Will Declaration to state that you do not want life-prolonging procedures when you or close to death, or you can make a Life-Prolonging Procedures Declaration to state that you do want to receive all life support.
- Living Will Declaration. This single-page form states that you do not want life-prolonging procedures if you are close to death from an incurable injury, disease, or illness. You must check a box to indicate whether or not you want feeding tubes.
- Life-Prolonging Prodedures Declaration. This brief form is a statement that you want all treatments that would extend your life.
Indiana is the only state to make two separate forms for this purpose. Other states allow you to make the choice on a single form.
Name your health care representative. Indiana's Appointment of Health Care Representative allows you to name your health care representative or "attorney-in-fact," who will speak for you if you become too ill to speak for yourself. You can provide special instructions to help your agent make decisions for you.
What the forms leave out. Indiana's health care forms do not provide sections to cover issues that many people consider to be important, such as:
- naming an alternate health care representative, in case your first choice becomes unable to serve
- naming a primary physician to oversee your care
- specifiying your wishes for organ donation (the state offers a separate form for this)
- extending your health care agent's power to cover post-death matters (for example, authorizing an autopsy or arranging for burial or cremation), and
- nominating your agent to serve as your court-appointed guardian to handle all matters related to your personal comfort and care, should that become necessary.
You can make valid Indiana health care forms that cover these matters and more using Quicken WillMaker estate planning software or by consulting an experienced lawyer.
Making Indiana Health Care Forms with Quicken WillMaker
We're going to be upfront here. The authors of this website, Albin Renauer, J.D., and Shae Irving, J.D., have extensive experience creating tools to help people make their own valid legal forms, and they have spent a couple of decades researching and studying the health care directive laws for the fifty states. Each is a lawyer and contributor to the Quicken WillMaker estate planning software program, available from Nolo.com.
The Indiana health care forms you make with Quicken WillMaker meet all state law requirements and allow you to spell out your wishes for medical treatment in as little or as much detail as you choose. The program walks you step by step through the process of making your documents, explaining each choice along the way. When you're done, you simply print your completed documents and follow the enclosed instructions about how to sign them, have them witnessed or notarized, and get them into the hands of those who may need to know your wishes in the future.
Quicken WillMaker's Indiana forms cover all the issues discussed above. If you're ready to get started, you can download Quicken WillMaker and make your forms today.
Where to Get Free Copies of Indiana's Health Care Forms
If do-it-yourself software doesn't appeal to you, or if you simply want to see what Indiana's advance directive forms look like, you can get information and download free forms from Indiana University Health.
When to Get a Lawyer's Help
Health care forms are specially designed so you can complete them on your own, or with input as needed from your doctor or other health care advisers. That said, if you feel more comfortable enlisting a lawyer to make or review your documents, you should seek help from a qualified estate planning attorney.
For more information about hiring a lawyer to make your documents, including situations when a lawyer's help may be particularly useful, see Do I Need a Lawyer to Make a Living Will?