Are Durable Powers of Attorney for Health Care Decisions governed by State law?
Durable Powers of Attorney for Health Care Decisions are governed by State law (Senate Bill 314, Sections 56-73). Senate Bill 314, which was enacted on October 1, 2009, repealed the old form for Durable Powers of Attorney for Health Care Decisions. The new form for these Powers of Attorney is contained under Section 73 of Senate Bill 314. You may wish to consult an attorney to determine whether you need to update your Power of Attorney previously filed with the Lockbox.
What is an advance directive?
An advance directive pursuant to NRS 449.905 is a document stating one’s wishes regarding end of life decisions, which includes but not limited to a: living will, health care proxy or similar document[s], including organ donor information.
Why do I need an advance directive?
An advance directive is the best approach in letting your wishes be known and honored by your family, friends and health care providers during an emergency or illness.
Why file a copy of my advance directive with the Living Will Lockbox?
The Lockbox ensures your voice is heard when end of life decisions arise. An electronic copy of your advance directive is stored with the Lockbox and is immediately available to your health care provider.
What types of advance directives can be filed with the Lockbox?
An advance directive may be filed with the Lockbox in the form of a:
It is wise to share your decisions with your family, friends and health care providers. That way if a medical situation arises, you will appreciate that those you trust will know and honor your medical treatment decisions.
Can I make changes to my advance directive once I have filed it with the Lockbox?
You may make changes to your advance directive but should immediately notify the Lockbox of any changes. An Authorization to Change Form is required to amend or make any changes to your Lockbox file along with a copy of the new/changed documents, if applicable.
Does it cost anything to file my advance directive with Lockbox?
There is no cost to store an electronic copy of your advance directive with the Living Will Lockbox.
If I am a health care provider, how do I become an authorized health care provider with access to documents?
Can an agent acting on my behalf file with the Living Will Lockbox?
Yes, an agent (as defined in NRS 132.045) may file documents on your behalf. The agent is required to submit a complete Registration Agreement along with their signature stating that they are authorized to sign on your behalf.