An Alabama advance directive, which includes a medical power of attorney and a living will, which allows a person to handle another’s health care decision making in the chance the Principal cannot do so for themselves. The living will portion allows the patient to choose how they would like their end-of-life decisions to be handled. A living will only come into effect if the principal is in a position where there is no realistic chance of them to be healed or treated. This allows them to terminate their life if they are in a vegetative or incapacitated state.
Laws – § 22-8A-4
Signing Requirements – Two (2) Witnesses (§ 22-8A-4)
Recording – Not required but the principal may file their completed medical power of attorney in the office of the judge of probate for $5. Must be in the county where the principal resides (§ 22-8A-14).