Medical Power of Attorney

Medical Power of Attorney Lawyer In St. Paul

It's understandable why people may not confront their mortality or health crisis. Approaching the end of life may feel stressful, but we must face these issues eventually. The silver lining is that you can help prevent future uncertainty for your loved ones by giving attention to an estate plan which includes a medical power of attorney.

If you need to prepare a medical power of attorney, you should contact an experienced attorney in estate planning. When you hire our firm, we'll provide you with an attorney who is experienced in the medical power of attorney process. Call to schedule a free consultation for us to help you prepare for your medical power of attorney needs.

What is a Medical Power of Attorney Form In Estate Planning?

A medical power of attorney is a form that allows you to dedicate important healthcare decisions on your behalf that healthcare providers are permitted to recognize. The person delegating the authority is called the "principal," and the person who accepts the control is called the "agent." 

A Medical Power of Attorney document is also known as:

  • Health Care Directive (as named in Minnesota's Statutory Form)
  • Advanced Healthcare Directive
  • Power of Attorney for Healthcare
  • Medical Power of Attorney Directive
  • Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care
  • Medical POA (MPOA)

The medical power of attorney differs from a financial power of attorney because it only allows an agent healthcare directive instead of financial decision-making decisions. If you become incapacitated, the medical power of attorney is put in place to provide for your healthcare needs.

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Minnesota Medical Power of Attorney Process

Choose An Agent: You must choose your agent carefully because they may have to make life-or-death decisions. You should choose someone who will comply with your wishes even if the agent would not decide to make the same decisions for themselves. 

Securing someone of your choosing to make your future healthcare decisions allows you to communicate your wishes to an agent while you are of sound mind and judgment. The more precise you can express your wishes to an agent, the better your agent will be able to act on your desires.

Assign Agent's Responsibilities: You must consider your specific healthcare needs and how to define them for your agent clearly. Also, consider when you want to empower the agent to act, such as a start date or a triggering event.

Here are some powers you should define in your MPOA:

  • End-of-life choices
  • Hospitalization
  • Medical treatment
  • Psychiatric treatment 
  • Assisted living care
  • Organ donations

Add a Living Will: In addition to having an agent speak on your behalf, a living will aids in outlining your end-of-life treatment selections. Using a living will includes choosing organ donation choices and situations where you become incapacitated and have no options for a cure.

Sign the Medical Power of Attorney Form: When your form is complete, it will need to be signed by you and your agent. The principal must be of sound mind and able to sign the document out of their free will. 

Minnesota requires you to sign your medical power of attorney form using a notary public or having two witnesses present. Additionally, you should file the form with your healthcare providers. If your healthcare providers have your record on file, this will help speed up any future use of it. 

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Contact A Medical Power of Attorney Lawyer in St. Paul

At The Law Office of Clarence Patterson III, we understand the importance of securing your future for you and your loved ones. When you hire our firm, you will be provided with an attorney who is communicative, knowledgeable, and accommodating. By contacting an attorney, you can ensure that your medical power of attorney form accurately reflects your needs.

Our law office primarily serves the locations of Ramsey County, Washington County, Hennepin County, Dakota County, and other areas around Minnesota. Please call us for a free consultation to discuss your financial power of attorney needs.

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