Must I Sign A Power, And If I Do, Will It Be Followed?

No person can be forced to sign a power of attorney, especially one for health care decisions, which cannot be required for admission to a hospital. Once created, your directions must be followed. If a physician or other health care provider declines to follow your instructions due to religious beliefs or moral convictions, such health care provider must transfer the care of the patient to another physician or facility who will honor the patient`s instructions. For this reason, it is always advisable to discuss these issues with your physician in advance of any hospitalization or extensive treatment.

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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