A Health Care Power of Attorney is a legal document that gives a person chosen by you (called your “Health Care Agent”) the power to make decisions pertaining to medical treatment for you if you are unable to do so.
Why would you need a Health Care Power of Attorney?
If you are unable to make your own medical decisions due to mental incompetency, lack of capacity or other circumstances, someone must make those decisions for you. A doctor must determine whether or not you are able to make your own medical decisions. Your Health Care Agent will make those decisions for you. You can advise your Health Care Agent on what treatments and/or procedures you would or would not want. A Health Care Power of Attorney is a way to plan for the unplanned scenarios and emergencies in life.
Why do I need a lawyer for this?
A lawyer will be able to explain the various powers covered by a Health Care Power of Attorney. A lawyer will also be able to assist in the proper execution of a Health Care Power of Attorney as well as advise on steps to take once the Health Care Power of Attorney has been signed.