A Medical Power of Attorney designates a person that you trust (“agent”) to make health care decisions on your behalf should you become incapacitated or unable to make such decisions. The Medical Power of Attorney does not become effective until such time as you require medical care and cannot make decisions for yourself. The agent has the power to accept or reject specific medical treatment and may make decisions about withdrawing or withholding life-sustaining treatment, unless you specifically restrict the authority.
The Medical Power of Attorney must be signed by the person granting the power, by two witnesses, and by a notary public. A copy should be provided to your regular doctors, as well as to hospital staff, if you are having a planned surgery.
The Law Office of Shannon M. Sears, P.C. generally recommends to clients that they provide a copy of the Medical Power of Attorney to the people named in the document so that they are aware of the responsibility they have been given.