Mitchell students offer free assistance with advance health care directives

If something unexpected happens and you can’t communicate your health care wishes, how will your loved ones know what to do?

A completed advance health care directive can help ensure there will be no questions about what you want, and William Mitchell students and alumni are offering free assistance with legally documenting your wishes during National Healthcare Decisions Day, Tuesday, April 16. 

National Healthcare Decisions Day | 9 am–7 pm
William Mitchell College of Law Kelley Boardroom

875 Summit Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105

The National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) initiative is a collaborative effort of national, state, and community organizations committed to ensuring that all adults with decision-making capacity in the United States have the information and opportunity to communicate and document their healthcare decisions.

A healthcare directive legally documents a person’s healthcare wishes so family and physicians will know exactly what medical procedures should or should not take place if the person is unable to communication. A health care directive also permits you to name a person or persons to make these decisions for you in the event that you cannot.

It takes less than an hour to complete the form, which may include preferences about special end-of-life treatments and pain management, directions about funeral arrangements, and organ donation, and more.

National Healthcare Decisions Day at William Mitchell is ponsored by the Center for Elder Justice & Policy, the Elder Law and Estate Planning Society at William Mitchell, and the Hamline Health Law Institute.