Laws for Maryland Power of Attorney AgreementsMaryland power of attorney agreements are bound by many state laws. To learn more about the laws pertaining to both medical power of attorneys and durable power of attorneys keep reading.
A power of attorney gives a person of your choosing control items like your business or bank accounts should you become unable to handle those matters due to mental or physical illness or an extended trip out of the country. By knowing the laws, you guarantee there are no disputes over that person's actions in your absence.
Miscellaneous Maryland Power of Attorney Laws
All power of attorney agreements must be set forth in writing. Verbal agreements are not valid in the State of Maryland. The principal (person choosing the power of attorney agent) has the right to set any conditions and terms he deems necessary. This may include limiting the duties the agent might perform while acting under the power of attorney or setting a time frame for which the agent will hold power of attorney.
While an agent performs Maryland power of attorney duties, he must follow any provisions listed in the power of attorney form. He must continue his duties until the time period ends, the power of attorney is revoked or he learns the principal died.
If a guardian has been named to watch over the principal, the power of attorney must report to the guardian rather than the principal. The guardian has the right to revoke the power of attorney agreement.
Medical Power of Attorney Laws
Maryland power of attorneys for medical purposes differ from a living will in that the agent controls medical treatments you receive. With a living will, the doctor must follow your written orders. A medical power of attorney allows a person to act on your behalf and decide the best form of treatment, whether you remain hooked to life support and other important medical decisions.
With a medical power of attorney in Maryland, the agent may made decisions regarding mental health treatment as well.
To revoke a Maryland power of attorney for medical decisions, you must notify the agent via a certified letter. However, you needn't send a letter to those affected by the change in power of attorney. Verbal notice to your doctor or another third party will suffice.
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