Health Power Of Attorney Form
A health power of attorney or a POA for health care decisions is an agent or a person who you have a close
relationship with and can trust to make medical decisions on your behalf in the event you are unable to make decisions
for yourself. A legal document which appoints a health care agent is sometimes known as a "health care power of attorney."
With a health power of attorney, unlike a standard living will, an agent is able to make decisions on your behalf even if you are not terminally ill
or in an irreversible coma, so long as you are not able to make these decisions on your own. This is most commonly seen with cases of dementia, alzheimer's, or
other forms of impaired memory and/or decision-making capabilities.
A health power of attorney also provides a back-up in case a hospital does not fully honor your living will.
In some cases, the provisions of a living will are combined with the health care power of attorney which allows you to combine a living will with the appointment of a health care agent.
In addition, you can nominate an alternate health care agent in case your first choice is unable to serve.
Note: A separate Power of Attorney should be created for each person.
There're very economical legal software packages (for literally a few dollars) which we
are also pleased to offer our readers throughout this website. These companies offer a thrifty compromise as opposed
to either hiring a lawyer or filing a power of attorney form completely on your own.
A "joint" Power of Attorney is not valid
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These free legal forms are meant to be samples regarding information that is generally necessary for power of attorney issues. The challenge with any legal forms is that most are
state specific, so please be aware of that possibility. Click here for a State Specific Health Power of Attorney to see any specific
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If you do-it-yourself, be smart about it!
To make sure your goals are not compromised, it's wise to have an attorney inspect any form you are intending to use to consider
all the possible legal ramifications. Special Power of Attorney forms are important to "execute prudently the first time", since by their nature, there is often no one left
to "make it right."
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