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“I Just Signed a Power of Attorney for Health Care and Living Will.

Life Care Planning, Estate Protection, Disability,
VA & Medicaid Assistance Lawyers

Now What Should I Do?”

"I Just Signed a Power of Attorney for Health Care and Living Will.

Now What Should I Do?"

            The best response is to refer the person back to their attorney.  If no attorney assisted in preparing the documents, here are a few suggestions you can give your patient or client, and, when appropriate, their family.

  • T Provide a copy of the Power of Attorney for Health Care (POA-HC) and Living Will (LW) to the agent (sometimes called the attorney-in-fact) and first successor agent named in the POA-HC. Also provide a copy of both documents to the elder's primary care physician and the charge nurse at any facility in which the elder resides.
  • T Provide to the elder's agent all information concerning the elder's medical insurance and long term care insurance, including policy numbers.
  • T Provide the agent with the name and telephone number of each of the elder's physicians and other medical providers, e.g., dentist, vision & hearing. Also provide the same information regarding the hospital, and residential or long-term care facility of choice. Details about the elder's medical history, medications, and prior surgeries also can be very helpful.
  • T Suggest that the elder take their health care agent with them the next time they have an appointment with their primary care physician.
  • T Make sure the elder's agent understands any wishes the elder may have regarding organ donations, and any funeral and burial plans they may have made.
  • T Make sure that addresses and telephone numbers of the agent and successor agent are current at all times.
  • T Often people being asked to rely upon the POA-HC will ask to see it. The statute provides that "any person who acts in good faith reliance on a copy of the agency (power of attorney) will be fully protected." The statute also says that "the agent shall furnish an affidavit to the reliant on demand stating that the instrument relied upon is a true copy of the agency and that to the best of the agent's knowledge, the principal is alive and the relevant powers of the agent have not been altered or terminated."

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