Once you understand the medical decisions included in an advance directive, it’s time to complete and notarize one! Remember, this is a living, breathing document; changes can be made at any time.
What to Bring
Congratulations on making your end-of-life wishes known!
In Missouri, a notary and two witnesses must be present to make your advance directive official. Bring the following with you on Decisions Day:
- Your completed advance directive (but do not sign the document until you are in the presence of the notary and witnesses)
- Valid photo ID (you will show the ID to the notary)
- #MyDeathMyPlan Packet (this colorful orange folder is a helpful tool for staying organized)
What to do After
Once your advance directive has been notarized, give a copy to:
- Your healthcare agent(s)
- Your physician/health provider
- Your attorney (if applicable)
Make sure you have had those essential conversations with anyone involved in your end-of-life care before giving them your advance directive.
Over time, your end-of-life preferences might change. You should review your advance directive (at least) every five years.
It’s also important to reevaluate when one of the “five D’s” occurs:
- Death of a family member, a spouse, or a friend
- Decline in health
Keep a Copy
After your advance directive has been notarized, it should go in an accessible place. Consider storing your advance directive in a bright colored folder or envelope.
BucketList +1 helps remove information barriers and provides its partners with orange #MyDeathMyPlan packets.