What is a Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare?

A durable power of attorney for healthcare (also known as a Medical Power of Attorney) is a document that allows the person or persons you have designated to make medical decisions on your behalf.  This document can only be used if you are incapacitated and are not able to make your own medical decisions.

You definitely want to choose this person carefully.  The person you choose should be able to do three key things:

  1. Have a full understanding of your medical situation regarding your health and treatment.

  2. Always keep your best interests and wishes in mind when making medical decisions pertaining to you.

  3. Be able to handle the stress of making tough medical decisions.

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