Alaska: Every Legal, Medical, and Estate Planning Document You Need

Here's a complete guide to every critical health, legal, and estate planning document and relevant state law for Alaska. Download these forms and get started with Pillar to organize all of your most important documents in one safe, secure, easy-to-use online storage solution

January 26, 2021

Alaska Health, Legal, and Estate Planning Documents

Alaska may be known as “The Last Frontier”. But for the population that occupies one-third of its land, several important documents should be ready and organized for whatever life brings. Here’s a complete list of all medical, legal, and estate planning documents you’ll want to have safely stored in your online vault if you live in Alaska.

Essential Medical State Laws & Forms: Alaska

Medical Records

Alaskan law requires that healthcare providers maintain medical records as follows:

  • Doctors: Until the patient is 21 or seven years after discharge (whichever is longer)
  • Hospitals: 7 years
  • Hospital X-Rays: 5 years

For as long as they are available, you have the right to get a copy of or amend your medical records. You can find out more about how to do this here.

Advance Directive Laws

According to the Alaska Division of Public Health, you have the right to give instructions about your own healthcare to the extent allowed by law. You also have the right to name someone else to make healthcare decisions for you.

The Alaska Division of Public Health has a downloadable form that you can print and use to:

  • Appoint someone as your durable power of attorney for health care
  • Instructions for end of life
  • Donate organs
  • Specify mental health treatment

Note that this form must be signed by witnesses who are not related to you and who would not benefit under your will.

Do Not Resuscitate Protocol

For terminally-ill individuals who do not wish to receive lifesaving measures, Alaska has a do not resuscitate protocol called the Comfort One Program (established in 1996). It legally requires medical care staff to comply with the patient’s wishes. CPR will not be started or will be discontinued once enrollment has been confirmed.

Patients may enroll in the Comfort One Program by filling out forms or obtaining an optional bracelet from their physician.

Read more about your rights when it comes to your medical records.

Alaska Organ Donor Registry

You can sign up online iIf you’d like to become an organ donor in the state of Alaska. Create your account by registering with Life Alaska Donor Services.

Essential Alaska Legal & Estate Planning Documents & Forms

Alaskan Probate Laws

According to the Alaska Court System, probate is required for all property that did not pass directly to a beneficiary that is not deemed as non-probate property. This might be property held in a trust, life insurance benefits, real property with a Transfer on Death Deed, etc.

It's estimated that probate in Alaska can take 6-12 months or longer for more complicated cases. Therefore, residents may benefit from setting up a revocable living trust in advance.

Trusts in Alaska

Revocable living trusts are a legal means of passing personal property and real estate directly to your heirs outside of probate. Find out more about creating living trusts in Alaska or read more about the biggest differences between a will and a trust, and why you might want to avoid Alabama's stricter probate requirements when planning your estate.

Alaska Digital Estate Planning Laws

In Alaska, your digital assets (emails, social media accounts, etc.) can be accessed and managed by your personal representative. To find out more about everything that’s covered, you can read the full bill here: HB 108 Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act

How to Get a Death Certificate in Alaska

Death certificates in Alaska can be requested by going to the Division of Public Health, filling out a request form, and paying a small fee ($30 for a death certificate, $11 for expedited service, $25 for extra copies).

Death certificates in Alaska can only be requested by those people who meet a strict set of eligibility requirements (such as a spouse, family member, legal representative, etc.)

Does Alaska Have an Estate & Inheritance Tax?

Whether you plan to leave assets to a beneficiary or you’re the heir to someone else’s estate, there may be taxes owed to the IRS. If you live in Alaska, here are the state-level taxes that will be collected:

  • Estate tax: None. However, remember that larger estates may still be subject to the federal estate tax.
  • Inheritance tax: None. Remember that if you live in Alaska and someone from another state has made you an heir to their estate, then the other state’s inheritance laws may apply.
  • Gift tax: None. But don’t forget that the federal gift tax exemption is $15,000 per gift recipient per year.

Getting Your Documents Organized in Alaska

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