A medical power of attorney is sometimes known as a durable medical power of attorney or a healthcare power of attorney. The purpose of this legal document is to appoint someone else, an agent, with the decision-making power for your medical care in the event that you are not able to speak for yourself. This includes events where you are mentally incapacitated, in a coma, or otherwise unable to make your own decisions. Having a medical power of attorney is important, so that your wishes are carried out.

The durable portion of the medical power of attorney means that if you become medically or legally incompetent long-term, the medical power of attorney will remain in existence. Depending on your individual situation and needs, your attorney can help you craft a medical power of attorney that articulates your wishes.

Your agent will be appointed as your personal representative. When you are crafting your medical power of attorney, it’s recommended that you appoint another individual in the event that your original agent has passed away or is otherwise unable to assist. It is not recommended that you appoint more than one person at a time as your power of attorney, since this can cause conflicts with regard to your care.

Your medical power of attorney should also articulate the abilities of your agent to complete any admission applications to facilities that you may require. This can include assisted living or nursing home facilities. Your agent should be eligible to complete Medicaid, Medicare, or other medical insurance intake forms so that you can be admitted to the facility.

When creating your medical power of attorney, your lawyer will discuss with you the individual provisions and meanings of each section. Your medical power of attorney should be notarized by two witnesses not related to you in order to be valid.  The document should be notarized as well. Provide a copy of the document to your agent and keep an extra copy filed safely at your home. It can also help to discuss your wishes about your medical care if you become incapacitated with your loved ones, so that they are aware of your individual preferences.

Creating a medical power of attorney is an important process that should be completed with careful consideration about your desires. Meek Law Firm will work with you every step of the way to ensure that your wishes are clearly stated and will be legally recognized. For more information, contact attorney Jonathan Meek today. Call (704) 848-6335 or use the contact form on the right of this page to schedule a consultation appointment.