How To Write A Healthcare Power Of Attorney
You can find a free Healthcare Power of Attorney form for use in your state in a variety of places, including online. It is recommended that you tailor whatever form you start with to your individual needs and wishes. However, if that is a hassle for you, it is better to sign a standard Healthcare Power of Attorney than not have one at all.
The document should be witnessed by disinterested witnesses. How many witnesses are required depends on the state in which you live or are treated. State specific forms generally provide room for the correct number of witnesses for the specific state.
Give copies of the form to your Healthcare Proxy, doctor and other concerned people.
If you live in more than one state, or are treated in another state, your Healthcare Power of Attorney may be honored in the other state. However, to avoid hassles, it is advisable to execute a separate document which is valid in that state - naming the same people as Proxy and Alternate Proxy.
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