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Medical power of attorney

On Behalf of | Nov 18, 2022 | Estate Planning

Readers of this legal blog are likely familiar with a durable power of attorney, but may not less familiar with a medical power of attorney.

Like other types of POAs, this POA names an agent to act on your behalf. This POA is specific to your medical needs and making your medical decisions.

Advanced directive

A Texas medical POA is a type of advance directive. It tells your agent what you want to happen, should you not be able to make your own medical decisions and then, empowers them to make sure your healthcare wishes are followed.

The agent only gains their medical power over you when you are no longer able to make your own medical decisions. This could be from an accident, illness, old age, etc.

Is there a form?

Yes, there is a Medical POA form that even provides a guided interview tool. Depending on the situation, you may need it notarized with two witness signatures.

This is where you should consult with your attorney to make sure that the medical POA is legally enforceable.

The need

Even if you have a spouse, you do not want your family fighting over your medical wishes.

The medical POA ensures that your wishes are known, the person that you trust to make decision for you is so empowered and that your wishes are followed.

Remember, this is different from a general or durable POA as this agent is only empowered to make those decisions outlined in the POA, usually, financial decisions.