Advance Directives

Advance Directives are forms that explain how you want medical decisions to be made if you are unable to make them for yourself. The forms include:

Learn more about Advance Directives in our FAQ. When you're ready to create an Advance Directive, follow the steps below.

Steps for completing an Advance Directive

We encourage you to talk about your treatment choices with your doctor, your patient advocate and your family.

  1. Talk with your doctor about the kinds of treatment decisions you might need to make in the future.
  2. Complete the Patient’s Advance Directive form to list the treatments you want and those you don't want. You can also write more instructions on a sheet of paper and attach it to the form.
  3. List the name of a person you trust to speak on your behalf. This person will speak for you if you cannot express your decisions about your health care. This person — known as your patient advocate — will work with your doctors to make the decisions you would make for yourself if you could. The person you list as your advocate must agree to this responsibility by signing the Acceptance by Patient Advocate form.
  4. Complete the Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care form. You don’t need an attorney. However, you may want to ask your attorney for advice. An attorney who knows about probate law or elder law may be helpful.
  5. Sign the form in person with two witnesses and ask them to sign the form.
  6. Give a copy of the form to your doctor and your patient advocate. You can also give a copy of the form to your attorney and anyone else who should know about your decision to have an Advance Directive. If you enter a nursing home or hospital, make sure they have a copy too. Keep your copy of your Advance Directive in a safe place where it can easily be found.

Advance Directives FAQ

If your wishes aren't followed

If you have a complaint about how your provider follows your Advance Directive, write to:


Department of Licensing & Regulatory Affairs
BHCS/Enforcement Division
P.O. Box 30670
Lansing, MI 48909-8170
Call: 1-517-373-9196

The Bureau of Health Care Services website is Click on Complaints, then How to File a Complaint.

If you have complaints about how we follow your wishes, you may call the state of Michigan’s Department of Insurance and Financial Services. Call toll-free at 1-877-999-6442 or go to