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What cost or paperwork is involved in making an advance directive?

Dr. Aruna V. Josyula, MD
Geriatric Medicine Specialist

Living wills, the durable power of attorney for healthcare, do not resuscitate (DNR) orders and physician orders for life-sustaining treatment (POLST) paradigm forms are completed on paper or digitally. Some advance directives, such as living wills or the durable power of attorney for healthcare, are completed with attorneys present and may have legal fees associated with them. Some forms, however—such as The Five Wishes form—do not require an attorney to complete. These documents can also require a notary and/or witnesses.

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