Powers of Attorney & Health Care Directives: This section of WashingtonLawHelp.org has several resources to learn about powers of attorney and advance directive documents. Popular forms and packets include the following:

Durable Powers of Attorney Documents

A power of attorney document lets you choose a trusted friend or relative to help you with your finances and/or health care decisions. Forms for you to fill out are provided.

Health Care Directives (or Living Will)

A health care directive lets you state what kind of medical treatments you do or do not wish to have if you are terminally ill or permanently unconscious. This resource has the form for you to fill out.

Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Mental Health Advance Directive

This first-of-its-kind advance planning document allows people coping with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia to document their wishes about the inevitable challenges related to living with these illnesses. Even if this directive is not legal where you live, you can still use it to document your wishes and provide a guide for your family, health care providers, long-term care providers, and others.

Mental Health Advance Directive

This is an important legal document. It creates an advance directive for mental health treatment. Before signing this document you should know some important facts.

How to Sign Documents when You Are Physically Unable

Follow the procedures in this document if you are mentally competent but physically unable to sign documents.