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What is a Healthcare Power of Attorney?

A Power of Attorney for Healthcare is a legal document that authorizes another person to make healthcare decisions for you if you are unable to do so yourself. A Healthcare Power of Attorney becomes effective only when you cannot make decisions for yourself.

Some of the advantages of a Power of Attorney for Healthcare include giving you and your family members peace of mind; it helps to ward of disputes among family members who are trying to make decisions for you; it gives direction to your physicians who now know the identity of the person that has the authority to make decisions on your behalf; and it can obviate the need for the appointment of a guardian.