An advance directive gives instructions on the kind of medical care you would like to receive should you become unable to express your wishes yourself, and it often designates someone to make medical decisions for you. It is not uncommon in Maine for people to enjoy the gorgeous summers and then fly on out to avoid the snow (we don’t blame you- no one likes to shovel or snow blow!). Few people realize that the advance directive you sign in Maine may not be valid in another state. Most states have provisions accepting an advance care directive that was created in another state; however, some states only accept advance care directives from states that have similar requirements while other states do not say anything about out-of-state directives.
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