Handbook for Mortals : Questions and Answers About Advance Directives : I had a living will when I was living in one state and now Iím living in another. Do I need a new one?

You have done a lot just thinking through the issues and writing down your instructions. Probably, doing that will be enough to guide your family and doctors. However, you should still rewrite your advance directive if you move to another state. Some states have said exactly which types of advance directives the law will recognize as binding. State laws differ. Some states will recognize the laws of the state in which the directive was executed. So, if you move or cross state lines for health care, find out about this issue.

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