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New Mexico Living Wills

Health Care Directives

A Living Will allows you to make health care decisions now in case you are ill and unable to communicate later.  A New Mexico Living Will is often called an Advanced Directive.  Under the federal Patient Self Determination Act (PSDA), you have the right to be informed about healthcare choices and make decisions on how you are to be treated including making these medical care decisions in advance.  You have a right to create a health care directive under the New Mexico Uniform Health Care Decisions Act, 24-7A-1.  You can create a valid Living Will that meet these criteria using LegacyWriter's online questionnaire.

New Mexico Requirements

To make a Living Will (Health Care Directive) in New Mexico a person needs to be an adult and have the capacity to make health care decisions.


Some Living Will's state only your desires when it comes to health care.  However, New Mexico also gives you the ability to assign someone to enforce your wishes.  This is typically done through a Medical Power of Attorney, which can be a separate document or part of your Living Will.  In a Medical PoA you assign an "Agent" to make health care decisions foryou should you be unable to communicate.  Your Agent is required to follow your Living Will, and can be there to help make the medical decisions that are not expressly covered in your Living Will.

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