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Health Care Power of Attorney

Trusted Medical Decisions on Your Behalf

A healthcare power of attorney (HCPOA) is a legal document that grants someone authority to make medical decisions on your behalf if you are unable to do so yourself. This crucial document ensures that your healthcare wishes are respected and followed when you cannot communicate or make decisions.

The Need for a Health Care POA

Life is unpredictable, and unexpected medical situations can arise. Whether you are fit and healthy or have chronic medical issues, a health care POA can provide clarity for your medical care providers with the help of someone you trust. Without a designated healthcare proxy, your family members may face challenges in making critical medical decisions on your behalf. An HCPOA provides clarity and grants legal authority, reducing stress and potential conflicts during times of medical crisis.

Components of a Health Care POA

An HCPOA is a document that states who has the authority to make medical decisions on your behalf, a secondary agent who acts in place of the primary agent if they are unable to act on your behalf, and the effective dates of the agreement. Your designated agent(s) will have full authority to make medical decisions, including but not limited to:

CPM Can Create a Health Care Power of Attorney

Carlile Patchen & Murphy recognizes the significance of healthcare power of attorney in comprehensive estate planning. Our firm’s experienced estate planning attorneys work closely with you to understand your unique healthcare preferences and values. By crafting a customized HCPA, we can help you designate a trusted representative who will advocate for your medical treatment choices.

If you don’t have a healthcare power of attorney set up, contact our office today to get started. We’ll walk you through the complex process of setting up an HCPA and designating your agent to make sure your medical wishes are clearly defined and easy to follow.

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