Ask the Expert
I wrote my living will 10 years ago. Recently I took it out and read it, and I still agree with everything in it. But will the old date be a barrier in a hospital, or heaven forbid, a courtroom?
You want whoever is reading your documents to feel confident that you agree with everything that's in them. If your documents are more than five years old, it's time to renew them. Some states require that your advance directives be less than five years old to be valid. We recommend that you review these documents annually. Under your original signature write "reviewed on (date)" and sign.
If you spend significant time in more than one state, it's best to complete a living will and durable power of attorney for health care in each state. That way, you can be sure to have the necessary documents for both places of residence.
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