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Do States Recognize Out-of-State Living Wills?

It depends. States recognize out-of-state living wills as long as the living will complies with the laws of the state where it was signed or the state’s own laws. However, in several states, out-of-state documents will only be valid to the extent they’re consistent with the laws of the new state. Some states don’t address this topic.

Even if your living will doesn’t strictly comply with the laws of a particular state, it’s quite possible that a physician or other healthcare provider in that state will still consider the document as important information about your wishes.