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Who to choose for a medical power of attorney

On Behalf of | Apr 18, 2024 | Estate Planning

A medical power of attorney is an important document that you can use as part of your estate plan. If you become sick or injured in the future, you may become incapacitated. If this happens, then your medical power of attorney gives the legal right to make medical choices to the agent that you select.

For instance, you could suffer from a stroke that leaves you in a coma. Someone has to decide what type of life-saving treatment you’re going to get, if you’ll be kept on life-support and things of this nature. You could leave directions for the medical team, but a medical power of attorney means that someone else gets to make those decisions at the moment they’re needed. That may be beneficial, but who should you choose?

Someone you trust

Start with a person that you trust explicitly. They may be making life-or-death decisions for you. You have to know that they will always have your best interests in mind. 

Someone who is nearby

Another thing to remember is that an emergency situation may need a quick response. Choose someone who will be ready and available when that day comes.

Someone who understands the process

Finally, just consider each candidate carefully to determine if they have the emotional and mental capacity to take on such a difficult job. It can be taxing, confusing and emotionally overwhelming. They may also have to make highly technical decisions about various types of medical care.

These three tips can help you choose the right person for your medical agent. Then you just need to know what legal steps to take to officially set up the power of attorney in your estate plan.