The importance of a Healthcare Power of Attorney
A Healthcare Power of Attorney allows you to appoint a person or persons to make healthcare decisions if you cannot act for yourself. A Healthcare Power of Attorney only comes into effect when you are deemed incapacitated by a doctor by written confirmation of your incompetence and in most cases, two physicians are required to make this determination.
Life is very unpredictable. What if you had a major medical issue that left you physically and/or mentally incapable of taking care of yourself? Who would make your healthcare decisions on your behalf while you were incapacitated? It is also important that healthcare providers are able to contact someone during a medical emergency. At DAL Law Firm, we have helped many people who needed to complete a Health Care Power of Attorney for themselves so that their loved ones can make decisions on their behalf if needed.
What can the person you appoint do on your behalf?
- Agree to or refuse treatment plans, medications, and pain management
- Access your medical records and information
- Contract for your healthcare services
- Determine which doctors and specialists will treat you
You do not have to allow your power of attorney to make every decision listed above; you can control what decisions they are allowed to make while you are incapacitated.
If you have questions about the process or would like to have a Healthcare Power of Attorney prepared for you, please contact our office at (206) 408-8158, or visit our website at: www.dallawfirm.com.
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