Durable Medical Power of Attorney - POA Forms for Healthcare
A medical power of attorney transfers your specific rights to deny or approve medical treatments to another individual. In the situation that you are unable to voice your wants, a durable medical power of attorney agent acts on your behalf. As soon as you make the decision to have a medical power of attorney, it goes into effect. This aids you immensely. For example, suppose you get into a car crash and enter a coma. You would be unable to speak for yourself, so naturally you'd want someone to make the decision for you.
All you need to do to set up a “living will” are medical power of attorney forms, available for free via your doctor or even online. When completed, the form can easily be mailed to your health care provider.
Items Living Wills Protect You From
After processing your living will forms, your medical power of attorney should follow your provisions regarding your medical treatments. Provided you choose your agent wisely, this will defend you from unwanted death, or perhaps doctors going against your wishes by keeping you alive longer than you'd want. A durable medical power of attorney differs in that it is only effective when you become incapacitated.
Choose your Medical Power of Attorney Agent Wisely
A medical power of attorney is certainly a good thing in times of need, but it can have its drawbacks if you fail to choose wisely. Your medical power of attorney must be unrelated to you, and have nothing to gain from your death. This is the only way you can ensure that your medical power of attorney agent will make the decision that most closely follows your living will form.
For example, if you are incapacitated in a car crash, (such as the aforementioned situation) and your agent is a loved one, they may find it hard to turn off life support, despite your orders.
As a final suggestion, it is imperative to choose a close friend (not included in your will) who respects your decision, whatever it may be.
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