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A Connecticut living will is an estate planning document. It explains your wishes related to medical care in the event that you are no longer able to make those decisions for any reason. A Connecticut living will is used to name a healthcare proxy. A healthcare proxy is the person you designate to make medical decisions on your behalf. Your healthcare proxy must be at least 18 years old, must also serve as a witness to you signing the document, cannot be your doctor, and cannot be an employee of a government agency that is financially responsible for your care unless they are related to you by blood, marriage, or adoption. For patients and residents of medical and nursing facilities, there are additional rules that must be followed to name a healthcare proxy. Although you are not required to have a Connecticut living will notarized, it must be signed in front of two witnesses.
Chapter 368w: Connecticut law creates an obligation for the healthcare proxy to honor the instructions or wishes within the living will. A Connecticut living will is only considered enforced if the attending physician determines that the individual is incapacitated.
It’s also important to make sure that you’ve created a Connecticut Last Will and Testament to explain how you’d like your assets distributed after your death.