Health Care Power of Attorney


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Health Care Power of Attorney

The legal transfer of the authority to make medical decisions on behalf of another person. That is, health care power of attorney gives the designee (called an agent) the ability to determine what medical procedures may be done on the principal in the event of the principal's incapacitation. For example, one may designate health care power of attorney to a relative in case one develops Alzheimer's disease and is unable to make these decisions oneself. See also: Advanced directive.
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Arizona, for example, requires a separate power of attorney for mental health in addition to a health care power of attorney, says Kathie Gummere, a lawyer whose practice includes legal matters pertaining to same-sex couples.
Another type of medical directive is a health care power of attorney, also known as a medical power of attorney, health care proxy, or appointment of health care agent.
1) Examine the health care power of attorney to see that it substantially complies with the requirements of the statute.
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The documents appointing health care agents which define this area of legal planning vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction and may be called health care proxy, power of attorney for health care, medical power of attorney, durable heath care power of attorney, or another term.(196) The health care power of attorney may be defined by statute, there may be required language in the statute, or there may be specific authority for an agent in the statute.(197) The agency appointment in a health care power of attorney needs to be durable in nature and survive disability, for that is the purpose of the appointment.(198)
Some states have specific laws allowing a health care power of attorney, and provide printed forms.
A health care power of attorney form (also called an advanced directive) lets you name someone to make decisions about your medical care if you can't make them yourself.
A health care power of attorney is a document that allows an individual to designate another person to make health care decisions when the individual is unconscious or mentally incompetent.
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