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Healthcare Power of Attorney






When to use Healthcare Power of Attorney

None of us knows when we might be significantly affected, or even incapacitated, by a sudden injury or major illness. As none of us knows exactly what our healthcare needs will be in the future, it is important to put safeguards in place designed to ensure that our interests and preferences are protected and respected in the event that we are no longer in a position to make legal, financial and/or medical decisions for ourselves. Putting a healthcare power of attorney designation in place will allow you to have a trusted loved one or professional make medical decisions on your behalf in the event that you can no longer do so. You can choose to limit the scope of this authority, if you want. But even if you do not, it is important to note that if you have drafted an advance healthcare directive, the terms of that document will supersede the authority of your power of attorney.

Overview

Life is unpredictable; there may come a time when you may be unable to make certain medical decisions on your own behalf. Consider using this form to make a healthcare power of attorney designation so that someone you trust can be empowered to make decisions on your behalf when you cannot make them yourself. You can update this document or revoke it at any time that you are of sound mind. If you would like to leave specific instructions regarding the types of treatment you will or will not consent to in the event that this power of attorney authority becomes necessary, consider also filling out our “Advance Healthcare Directive” template form.

Alternative Names

Healthcare POA
Power of Attorney for Healthcare
Medical POA
Power of Attorney for Patient Care