Health Care Power of Attorney: A person may become mentally or physically incapacitated for any number of reasons and may not be able to make or to communicate decisions about his or her own preferred health care and/or end-of-life medical decisions. Physicians are typically compelled to keep the patient alive as long as possible, even if that includes the use of invasive and expensive life-support systems which the person may not desire or want. In the absence of other guidance, however, it is what health care providers must do.
This problem can largely be prevented by designating someone to make those decisions on your behalf in the event of incapacity. You can make your health care wishes or preferences known to your designated agent, either verbally or in writing.
Durable and health care powers of attorney can also be used for the sake of convenience in cases where no physical or mental incapacity has occurred. For instance, a husband acting as durable power of attorney for his wife could sign a legal document on her behalf if she happened to be out of the state or country when the signature was needed.
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