With a medical power of attorney, you can plan for the unexpected ahead of time and still be safe and cared for, even if you become disabled and are unable to make important decisions.
What is a medical power of attorney?
A medical power of attorney is a legal document that names an agent who will help make important medical decisions if you are unable to.
When is a medical power of attorney useful?
If you become disabled and are mentally unable to make important medical decisions, your medical power of attorney becomes effective.
What is my medical power of attorney authorized to do?
You are able to place limits within your legal documents, but most medical power of attorneys are able to do the following:
- Hire or fire medical professionals
- Choose the best medical facility for your specific needs
- Have access to your medical records
- Get a court order to obtain or withhold medical treatment (if a medical professional is not the medical power of attorney)
- Consent or refuse consent to medical treatments (based on your wishes)
- Visit you in the hospital even when visiting time is restricted
Who should I name as my medical power of attorney?
Many people choose to name a spouse or a close relative.
You will want to choose someone who is close enough to know what your wishes are and trustworthy and able to communicate well with medical professionals. This will ensure that you get the best care possible.
It is also important to name an alternate in case the agent that you choose is unwilling or unable to help.
If you have questions or want to create a medical power of attorney, please feel free to telephone our estate planning law office. We’d be happy to assist you and answer all of your questions. 858-792-5988.