Maryland’s New MOLST: What is it?

By Stephen R. Elville, J.D., LL.M.

Many clients have expressed to me that they consider their Advance Medical Directive to be the most important of all their legal documents. Whether or not this is the case for you, it is clear that Advance Medical Directives are of tremendous importance to the individuals who take the time to thoughtfully consider the choices available to them under Maryland law and to their loved ones who will ultimately depend upon those choices as a guideline for carrying out important, if not critical, health care decisions. With the recent introduction of MOLST, individual health care decision making can now be even more personalized and definitive. In the following paragraphs, I will outline the highlights of what has recently been disseminated to the elder law and estate planning bar about MOLST by the Maryland Office of Health Care Quality and Maryland Attorney General’s office.

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