A power of attorney (POA) is generally appointed either for a specific purpose or as protection in case you become incapacitated or incompetent. Naming a POA through a legal website generally costs under $50 and sometimes as little as $15. If you establish a POA with an attorney the costs may be higher, depending on your attorney’s rate.
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What is an advance medical directive?
John Preston, PsyD, Psychology, answeredA medical advance directive is a living will or durable power of attorney for healthcare. In this document you give directions about future medical care you're likely to receive. Your medical advance directive would include directions for the type of medical care you want to receive specific to your illness. You can consult your healthcare provider to discuss who should have the privilege of accessing your healthcare information in case you experience debilitating symptoms and need hospitalization. Typically, the people with this type of access are parents, spouses or domestic partners, or close and trustworthy friends.
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How do I choose my healthcare agent?
MyDirectives answeredIn most cases, your healthcare agent can be anyone that the law in your country or state considers to be an adult, with these exceptions:
- Your healthcare agent can't be your treating doctor or his or her staff (to prevent potential conflicts of interest, some countries and states say no medical treatment providers can be healthcare agents).
- Your healthcare agent can't be the owner/operator or employees of the medical facility, nursing home, or hospice where you're being treated unless you're related by blood, marriage, or adoption.
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- Can this person be at the hospital to assess the situation firsthand and talk with your doctors?
- Can this person handle the pressure of potentially very hard decisions during a time of great stress?