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Canceling Advance Health Care Directives


An advance directive remains in effect indefinitely unless you cancel it, or include an expiration date, or describe the circumstances that trigger expiration. You can change or cancel your advance directives at any time.


It is important to revisit the forms you have signed to make sure they express your current health care wishes.




  • You can cancel your Health Care Proxy by notifying, orally or in writing, your agent,doctor or others who have copies.

  • You can cancel the appointment of the agent on your Health Care Proxy at any timeand appoint a different health care agent in a new Health Care Proxy.

  • If your spouse is your appointed health care agent, your Health Care Proxy is automatically cancelled upon divorce.

  • You can cancel your Living Will at any time by destroying the document. You are not required to notify anyone by law before canceling your Living Will but it would be wise to inform those aware of its existence that you have canceled it.




In general, you or your health care agent can cancel a DNR Order at any time in anyway that makes your wish known.


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