The Power of Attorney form California Medical (also known as a Healthcare Power of Attorney) is a document which authorizes the legal permission for a person of your choosing to execute your personal health care directives. To put it simply, you allow another person to make your medical decisions for you.
When a person becomes unable to make proper decisions regarding their health and treatments then he or she can give the power to another person with this form. This Power of Attorney form provides a person to name somebody as an “agent” who will be in charge of taking medical decisions on his behalf in California medical centers.
The California Medical Board has set up different standardization grounds various circumstances but for this brief overview of the topic we are discussing the basic Medical POA form for California. Each state has different by-laws that govern the creation, execution and dissolution of a medical power of attorney form in that state only. Although they are largely similar, it is best to understand some of the subtle differences due to the laws of that particular state. The dedicated staffs of the local governments update these forms and regulations frequently.
Medical POA Specifics
The powers that a person may get from the form are widespread (literally life and death) and so the form issuer is asked to specify and limit the authority. The person who holds a power of attorney form in whichever county of California will be given the control over subject’s consent or refusal of medical terms, to choose and determine treatment of nearly every form of aid and medical care. But they will be subjected to the issuer’s will or limitations imposed on some medical conduct as written in the Power of Attorney Form.
The California Medical POA Document also procures the legal right to perform anatomical parts donation, body autopsy and even the future state of your remains.
This has little formal requirements, which is surprising for such gigantic and sweeping authority. Basically, the U.S. Constitution allows for any two citizens to enter into a written agreement and have it binding in a court of law. Yes, the California Medical POA is a contract and one of the specifications is that the two parties be of a minimum age of 18 years old.
The other specific requirement is that a public notary verifies the document’s signing. That is, you have to sign it in front of them and they verify that it was you TWO who have entered into this contract. There are thousands of notaries in the phone book, your bank, the post offices, etc. It will usually run you less than $50 dollars.
An additional stipulation is that the grantor of the powers be of mental capacity to give them in the first place. So create the Medical POA when you are healthy not at the hospital bedside.
The California Medical Power of Attorney is durable document and stays in effect while the grantor and of course the agent are alive. Some directives in the Medical POA can stipulate decisions after the grantor has died and after the execution of these directives the Medical POA become nullified. There is also an option for the principle to bind the durability and assure the Power of Attorney to somebody only for a specific time span such as when a spouse is out of the country or the duration of an illness.
In conclusion, the process of creating the form itself (like other types of the Power of Attorney California) takes just a little time. Once this form is completed and issued the principle should carefully keep the original document with himself and handover an attested copy to the nominated agent. It is secure to keep few more copies with close family relatives so as to prevent any kind of forgery.
We hope to have briefly covered this important topic and are preparing an even more detailed document concerning the very specifics that one needs to consider.