Please be aware that what follows is just information, not advice. Every situation is different. For questions about your particular situation, please consult the appropriate qualified professional: healthcare practitioner, attorney, or estate planner. While the help of a lawyer is not required for any of these documents, low-cost legal assistance is available. Consult the Colorado Bar Association website (scroll down to “Legal Assistance Programs”).
More information about Colorado’s advance directive documents as well as blank copies of the documents are available in the booklet “Your Right to Make Health Care Decisions,” which is available here in English and Spanish. For a quick guide to the different forms, what they do and don’t do, who must sign, when they go into effect and expire, download this Advance Directive Comparison Chart 07.16.