Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care/Health-Care Proxy
A durable power of attorney for health care (DPAHC), also known as a health-care proxy, health-care power of attorney, or appointment of a health-care agent, is your written appointment of a representative to make decisions about medical treatment on your behalf if you become unable to make or communicate a responsible decision for yourself. You may want to appoint such a representative to speak for you in case you become incapacitated. If you don't, medical professionals will generally be compelled to do everything possible to save and sustain your life.
- You want to retain control over your medical care if you become incapacitated
- The law in your state allows you to appoint a representative to make these decisions with a DPAHC
- You trust someone to act as your representative to make these decisions
- Authorizes your selected representative to make medical decisions on your behalf
- Allows your representative to evaluate proposed treatment in light of current circumstances
- Requires trust in another person to act properly on your behalf
- Generally not effective in certain emergencies
Variations from State to State
- Not allowed in all states
How Is It Implemented?
- Execute the appropriate form
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