A health care directive is a private agreement that allows the principal to name a health care agent to make health care decisions and to provide instructions about health care if the principal no longer has decision making capacity. A Minnesota Health Care Directive has six basic requirements. It must:
- Be in writing;
- Be dated;
- State the Principal’s name;
- Be executed by a Principal with capacity;
- Contain verification of the Principal’s signature, and
- Include a Health Care Instruction, name a Health Care Agent, or both.