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Are My Maryland Health Care Directives Valid in Another State?

While most states make provisions for accepting health (or advanced) care directives from other states, some states only do so with states having similar legal requirements. Some states may use different terminology around what health care directives mean. Requirements pertaining to life support procedures, for instance, can differ from state to state. While it is likely that your health care directives will be honored in another state, if you spend a significant amount of time there, you should consider discussing this with an estate planning attorney in that state.


If your Maryland Power of Attorney adheres to another state’s execution requirements, there is a good chance it is valid in that state. However, relevant institutions are most familiar with the forms used in their states, and you might run the risk of your Maryland forms being rejected. The most prudent thing to do is execute a Durable Power of Attorney in the new state.


For a free, confidential conversation to discuss estate planning, including how to obtain a Power of Attorney or execute health care directives, contact Maryland estate attorney Stephen J. Reichert at 410-299-4959 or by email at


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