Durable Healthcare Power of Attorney (or Healthcare Proxy or Medical Power of Attorney)

A legal document that lets someone designate another person called an agent or attorney-in-fact, to act on his or her behalf concerning specifically healthcare decisions. Often, durable healthcare power of attorney is included in a comprehensive Advance Healthcare Directive. “Durable” refers to the fact that the agent retains this authority even if the person who created the durable power of attorney becomes incapacitated. This power ends at death.

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