Five Wishes

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Five Wishes is an easy-to-use legal advance directive document written in everyday language. It helps all adults, regardless of age or health, to consider and document how they want to be cared for at the end of life. It is America’s most popular living will with more than 30 million copies in circulation.

Five Wishes is unique among all other living will and health agent forms because it speaks to all of a person's needs: medical, personal, emotional and spiritual. Five Wishes also helps to guide and structure discussions with your family and physician, making conversations easier.

When you distribute Five Wishes, you can promote your organization on the back panel. Orders of 1,000 or more Five Wishes may be customized at no additional cost. Visit our Custom Print page for more information.

Five Wishes is also available in an electronic version, Five Wishes Online.

Five Wishes documents are legally valid in almost all states. You can look at your state requirements below:


Some states require specific additional forms or mandatory notices. If you live in one of these states, you can still use Five Wishes to help guide the conversation and put your wishes in writing, and you can attach the additional required forms.

 

Cinco Deseos
Cinco Deseos is an easy-to-use legal document that helps Spanish-speaking adults consider and document how they want to be cared for at the end of life. Like Five Wishes, it is written in everyday language and speaks to all a person’s concerns: medical, personal, emotional and spiritual. Cinco Deseos also helps structure discussions with your family and physician.

Bilingual
These 20-page documents provide the original English text alongside the translated text, allowing a non-English-speaking user to read and complete the Five Wishes document in his or her native language. Bilingual Five Wishes documents are legally valid in 42 states when completed, signed and properly witnessed.

Five Wishes was introduced and originally distributed with support from a generous grant by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation's largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to health and health care. A subsequent grant from the United Health Foundation made it possible to provide Five Wishes in 27 bilingual editions.