No. You have this option, but no one can require you to have a durable power of attorney. You can make your wishes known by talking with your family or doctor or by writing them down, but unless you have a durable power of attorney in place, if you become incapacitated then the court may need to formally establish a conservatorship or guardianship to give someone legal authority to make medical decisions for you.
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