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According to a June 4, 1998 ruling from the Mississippi Office of the Attorney General, the living will form prescribed in the 1984 Living Will Law is still valid. If the forms were properly executed and signed by two witnesses, you are not required to revise your living will or Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care. If you choose to update your previous Living Will and Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care, you can combine the two documents into one Advance Health Care Directive. Additionally, by using the new optional form, you can designate a primary physician and specify other wishes that may have been left out of the earlier documents.
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.