A medical power of attorney (POA), or a durable power of attorney for healthcare, functions similarly as a legal document in which you name an agent to make certain healthcare decisions if you become unable to do so. As with a living will, a physician must certify that you are unable to make your own medical decisions before using the POA.
If you become unable to make your own healthcare decisions, such as if you’ve incurred a serious illness affecting your mental capacity, your agent will speak with your healthcare team and other caregivers on your behalf and make decisions according to the wishes or directions you established in the POA. If you did not provide specific wishes, your agent has the authority to make a decision based on what they think you would want. Note that if you regain the ability to make your own medical decisions, your agent cannot continue to make medical decisions on your behalf.
It is advisable to name a backup agent in case your first choice is unavailable or unwilling to act on your behalf.
Advance directives can prove essential to your future wellbeing. When you are in a state of unconsciousness or illness, having a predetermined plan for your medical care and treatment in the form of an advance directive can make a huge difference – both for you and your loved ones looking after you. Sobon Law LLC handles these matters delicately and will communicate patiently and professionally with you about creating advance directives for your future. I, Attorney Patrycja, understand these are sensitive discussions, but they are nonetheless important plans to make in anticipation of the unexpected.
It’s never too early to think about advance directives for your future. Schedule an initial consultation with Sobon Law LLC to discuss your legal options. Polish-speaking services available.
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