Updated on October 27th, 2021
A Maine advance directive is a form that enables an individual to define their wishes regarding end-of-life medical care. The document’s contents provide the opportunity to relay one’s preferences for life-prolonging treatment, pain relief, organ donation, and artificial nutrition and hydration. Another portion of the form enables the individual to designate a health care agent who will be trusted to make decisions on their behalf once they can no longer do so themselves. The individual can revoke all or part of the advance directive at any time by communicating the intent to revoke in writing or by notifying their primary physician.
Agent’s Duties – § 5-803(5)
Laws – Title 18-C, Article 5, Part 8 (Uniform Health Care Decisions Act)
Signing Requirements (§ 5-803(2)) – Two (2) Witnesses
Statutory Form – § 5-805
Statute – § 5-802(1)
“Advance health care directive” means an individual instruction from, or a power of attorney for health care by, an individual with capacity