Proxy Directive

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Proxy Directive

A legal document giving an assignee the ability to make medical decisions on behalf of the assignor in the event of the assignor's mental or physical incapacity. A proxy directive is made while the assignor is still competent, and comes into effect at incapacity. A proxy directive gives far-reaching powers; for example, the form for a proxy directive in the state of New Jersey states allows the assignee the ability to "provide, withhold or withdraw life-sustaining measures" from the assignor. It is important to note that a proxy directive does not allow the assignee access to the assignor's finances, nor obliges the assignee to pay for any treatment. See also: Power of attorney.
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If the patient does not have a court-appointed guardian and has a valid proxy directive, the proxy will be the patient's surrogate decision-maker as established by the directive.
Proxy directives by adolescents are certainly rare, but could be important if a given adolescent has disputing parents and trusts one parent more than the other.
The current generation of advance directives, both statutory and nonstatutory, consists largely of composite directives intended to accomplish the multiple goals of the instruction and proxy directives.