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California Healthcare Power of Attorney basics

If it is important to you that your healthcare wishes be carried out even if you cannot voice your opinion, then you should consider a Healthcare Power of Attorney. In California, this document helps you authorize a trusted individual to make medical decisions on your behalf in the event that you become incapacitated.


How do I get Power of Attorney in California?


Making a California Healthcare Power of Attorney online is simple. Just answer a few questions, and Rocket Lawyer will build your document for you. Consider these questions beforehand to make the process speedier:

  • Who will you designate as your agent, co-agent, and alternate agent?
  • What exceptions will be placed on the authority of your agent?
  • When will your Agent's authority to make health-care decisions begin?

If you don't have all of the details you need, you can skip questions, and save your document for later.


How long is a Power of Attorney good for in California?


A General Power of Attorney ends when you become incapacitated. Contrastingly, a Durable Power of Attorney contains specific language which maintains your agent's authority even if you are unable to communicate or make decisions for yourself. The Durable Power of Attorney will remain effective until the Principal's death.


How do I get a Power of Attorney notarized in California?


You may refer to the California Secretary of State website for a list of active notary public commissions.


Does a Power of Attorney need to be recorded in California?


No, a Power of Attorney document does not need to be recorded in California for it to be valid. It is important to note, however, that the California Healthcare Power of Attorney is specific to the laws of the state of California and should be created by residents of California and signed by two witnesses or a notary public.


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