Here's a complete guide to every critical medical, legal, and estate planning document and relevant state law for Arkansas. 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
February 2, 2021
Arkansas is a very popular place to live thanks to its year-round mild climate and affordability. Plus, with 600,000 acres of lakes, it's no wonder that the residents call it "the Natural State" (it even still has an active diamond mine).
If you or someone you’re caring for lives in Arkansas, then there will be several important documents you’ll want to have organized. Here’s a complete list of all medical, legal, and estate planning forms you’ll need if you live in Arkansas.
In Arkansas, healthcare providers must maintain a patient’s medical records as follows:
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.
Residents of Arkansas who wish to set up an advance directive can find a downloadable form on the Arkansas Department of Health public website. This form gives end-of-life care instructions for situations involving quality of life, treatment, etc.
Individuals who wish to allow others to make medical decisions on their behalf will need to fill out a Health Care Durable Power of Attorney. A detailed form along with helpful information can be found on the AARP’s website.
If you wish to sign a Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) form, you can download one here.
If you’d like to become an organ donor in the state of Arkansas, then you can do so by signing up with one of two options:
Both agencies work with state hospitals and medical facilities to supply life-saving gifts of organ, eye, and tissue to those who need them. Registration can be done online.
When a resident of Arkansas passes away (i.e. becomes a "decedent"), their estate must go through the probate process if it meets any of the following conditions:
Probate in Arkansas begins with the appointment of a personal representative (Arkansas’s version of an executor of a will). This individual will be responsible for managing the decedent's property, notifying creditors and heirs, and updating the court of their progress.
Probate can be avoided if the estate is relatively small, there are no outstanding debts, and 45 days since death have passed. This can be done by filing an affidavit.
Read more about the Arkansas probate process.
A revocable living trust is another way to avoid probate and pass property directly to a beneficiary. Since Arkansas does not use the Uniform Probate Code, it may be a good idea to create a living trust to avoid Arkansas's complex probate process.
A will should also be written even if you create a trust. Wills help to provide a catch-all for any property that wasn't transferred to the trust. Without a will, it would be up to the court to determine how your remaining assets should be dispersed under Arkansas state law.
In Arkansas, your digital assets (emails, social media accounts, etc.) can be accessed and managed by your personal representative or trustee. To find out more about everything that’s covered, you can read the full bill here: HB2253 Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act
Death certificates are available online through the Arkansas Department of Health for a small fee. Only certain individuals (such as parents, spouses, grandchildren, etc.) are eligible to order death certificates and must provide documentation as proof of the relationship.
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 Arkansas, here are the state-level taxes that will be collected:
Arkansas may be a beautiful and affordable place to live. However, with its complex probate process, you’ll want to make sure that you’ve got all of your important documents in order for when you’ll need them.
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