What is a Living Will
The Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare
The North Carolina Living Will
Like most other states, North Carolina recognizes the
Living Will. However, for a Living Will to be valid, it must
comply with the North Carolina statutes. North Carolina
requires the following for a Living Will to be valid:
1) You must be at least 18
years old and of sound mind when you sign it.
2) You must express your desire that you do not want your
doctor to use extraordinary means or artificial
nutrition or hydration to keep you alive if your
condition is terminal and incurable or if you are in a
persistent vegetative state.
3) You must state that you know your Living Will allows
your doctor to withhold or stop extraordinary medical
treatment or artificial nutrition or hydration.
4) You must sign your Living Will in the presence of two
5) Your Living Will must be certified by either a notary
public or clerk of superior court.
Witness to the Living Will
Effect of a North Carolina Living Will
Revocation of a North Carolina Living Will
Storing your Living Will