You Have Filled Out Your Alabama Advance Directive for Health Care, Now
Alabama Advance Directive
Care is an important legal document. Keep
the original signed document in a secure but accessible place. Do not put the original
document in a safe deposit box or any other security box that would keep others from
having access to it.
2. Alabama law requires that your proxy accept his or her role in writing. If your proxy is
unavailable to sign this document immediately, a copy of the entire form should be
mailed to the proxy, who should then return a signed copy of the proxy signature page.
3. Give photocopies of the signed original to your agent and alternate agent, doctor(s),
family, close friends, clergy and anyone else who might become involved in your health
care. If you enter a nursing home or hospital, have photocopies of your document
placed in your medical records.
4. Be sure to talk to your agent(s), doctor(s), clergy, family and friends about your wishes
concerning medical treatment. Discuss your wishes with them often, particularly if your
medical condition changes.
5. Alabama does not maintain an Advance Directive Registry, but you may file your
advance directive with the office of the probate judge in the county in which you reside.
Although no one is required to search for your advance directive, filing your advance
directive may help your health care provider and loved ones find a copy of your
directive in the event you are unable to provide one.
6. You may also want to save a copy of your form in an online personal health records
application, program, or service that allows you to share your medical documents with
your physicians, family, and others who you want to take an active role in your advance
7. If you want to make changes to your documents after they have been signed and
witnessed, you must complete a new document.
8. Remember, you can always revoke your Alabama document.
9. Be aware that your Alabama document will not be effective in the event of a medical
emergency. Ambulance and hospital emergency department personnel are required to
provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) unless they are given a separate directive
that states otherwise. These directives called “prehospital medical care directives” or
“do not resuscitate orders” are designed for people whose poor health gives them little
chance of benefiting from CPR. These directives instruct ambulance and hospital
emergency personnel not to attempt CPR if your heart or breathing should stop. We
suggest you speak to your physician for more information. CaringInfo does not
distribute these forms.