Paper Advance Directives

  • Maryland residents do not have to use a specific advance directive form.  
  • Forms can be personlized, including those created by religious organizations, estate planners, and lawyers, as well as forms created and stored online (electronic advance directives).
  • No matter what format you choose, talk to your family and others close to you about your wishes.
  • Below is the Maryland Advance Directive, created by the Office of the Attorney General. Click the image to download.
  • An advance directive form specific to preferences for mental health treatment is also available through the Maryland Attorney General's Office.​

 Cover of Guide to Maryland Law on Health Care Decisions, includes a picture of two doctor's talking

Image says 'share your wishes' with a couple talking in front of a church and lake

Helpful Tips

  • Tell your doctor, health care agent, loved ones, and legal advisor, if applicable, that you have an advance directive and give them a copy.
  • Keep a list of who has a copy in case you make changes.

Last update: November 15, 2019