Durable Power of Attorney (Health Care Power of Attorney)

This is a written authorization for one person to represent or act on another person’s behalf in legal matters, in business or private affairs.

A person who has been given power of attorney makes medical decisions, manages finances and otherwise acts in your place. Before you become incapacitated, consider assigning durable power of attorney to someone you trust. This designation is sometimes called a medical power of attorney. It is important to make a clear statement in your power of attorney papers that you wish to also give medical powers to a specific individual.

The healthcare power of attorney must be witnessed by two people who are older than 18 years and are not related to the primary patient. It does not need to be notarized.