What Is An Attorney-In-Fact For Health Care Decisions?

An attorney-­in-­fact for health care decisions is a person whom you name in a document called a durable power of attorney, to make medical decisions other than withdrawal of life support systems on your behalf should you become unable to make or communicate such decisions yourself. Your attorney-­in-­fact may make certain decisions about aspects of your medical treatment, subject to any conditions stated within the document itself and any applicable legal restrictions.  Areas which may be subject to conditions include withdrawal of life support systems, withdrawal of food and fluids, medical treatment designed solely to maintain your physical comfort, or other matters.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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