No. You do not need a lawyer to create an advance directive. You can use the forms available on this site. However, it is advisable to seek the advice of a qualified attorney before completing or modifying an advance directive. Please note that if you appoint an attorneyinfact for health care decisions, a notary public or a lawyer must notarize your signature. The optional form called a witnesses’ affidavit that is included among the forms in this booklet also requires a notary public or a lawyer to notarize the signature of the witnesses. This form is discussed in more detail in the next section. No other form needs to be notarized. If you have legal questions, you should consult a lawyer.
This article is intended to be helpful and informative. But even common legal matters can become complex and stressful. A qualified estate planning lawyer can address your particular legal needs, explain the law, and represent you in court. Take the first step now and contact a local estate planning attorney to discuss your specific legal situation.