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Advance Directives

Advance directives can come in a variety of formats. All of the following formats are legal in California.

Advance Directive Information & Resources


Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) is for people who are seriously ill or have advanced frailty. It is not appropriate for everyone. If you are healthy, an advance directive may be more appropriate.

California POLST form | Translations are available in multiple languages.

POLST Information & Resources

Facing Serious Illness and Making Your Wishes Known (Spanish) (Chinese)
POLST Quick Reference for Consumers
POLST Frequently Asked Question (FAQs)