What is a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care?
A Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care is a document that lets you choose who you want to help you with decisions about your health care in case you are not able to make those decisions yourself. The person you name is called your Agent.
I do not have a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care. What happens if I don't create one?
Let's say you haven't designated a Health Care Agent and decide that you don't want to designate one. In that case, Washington State law (RCW 7.70.065) authorizes the order of priority for who can make those decisions. The order of priority may not be in accordance with your wishes.
Who should I appoint to be my Agent?
A Health Care Agent can be a friend or relative you trust to make serious decisions. This individual needs to be over 18 years of age. To select an appropriate Health Care Agent, think about how available this person is and how well suited this person is to this role.
What kinds of decisions can my Agent make?
Your Health Care Agent makes decisions regarding your health care.
Can I change my mind about having a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care?
You can revoke your Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care document at any time, but this is subject to specific notice requirements.
Ruth A. Harper
I'm a Pacific Northwest attorney, and my focus is on estate planning and elder law. My interest in these fields grew out of my experience with aging relatives and family members with special needs.
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