Healthcare Power of Attorney
All states have laws that authorize you to create a special Power of Attorney in which you designate an agent to make health care decisions for you if you are unable to do so yourself. These Healthcare Powers of Attorney can also be used to provide instructions to your agent concerning the type of care you do or do not want to receive if disabled, seriously ill, or injured. It is important to get professional advice when preparing a Healthcare Power of Attorney because each state has its own requirements. The person you select for your healthcare agent should be someone who not only knows you well, but also understands your views about continuing health care in circumstances where you are terminally ill or suffering from permanent loss of consciousness.