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Maryland Healthcare Power of Attorney basics

A Maryland Healthcare Power of Attorney can ensure that someone you trust can make medical decisions for you if you become incapacitated. With this document, all of your loved ones can rest assured that the person you've personally selected is in charge of your healthcare decisions, so that any confusion about what you want is minimized.


Does a Power of Attorney need to be notarized in Maryland?


No, notarization is not required for a Healthcare Power of Attorney in Maryland. Two witnesses, however, are required to sign your Power of Attorney document.


How do you get a Power of Attorney in Maryland?


Making a Maryland 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 make healthcare decisions for you?
  • Do you want to appoint an alternate agent? If so, who?
  • Describe any limitations you would like to place on your agent's authority.
  • Do you wish to name a guardian? If so, who?

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


What is the difference between a Durable Power of Attorney and a General Power of Attorney?


There are several types of Power of Attorney forms. A General Power of Attorney, Durable Power of Attorney, Special Power of Attorney, and Springing Durable Power of Attorney are the main types of Power of Attorney forms.

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. Unlike a Durable Power of Attorney, a springing Durable Power of Attorney becomes effective as soon as the document is signed, and only goes into effect once a particular event occurs (e.g. once you become incapacitated).

A Special Power of Attorney, also known as a Limited Power of Attorney, allows an agent, the individual who will be making decisions on your behalf, to act only in specific situations.


How do I get Financial Power of Attorney?


Obtaining a Financial Power of Attorney is a fairly straightforward process. As a principal, the individual granting authority, you can can complete a Power of Attorney form online through Rocket Lawyer, decide which powers you want to grant to your agent, and finalize your document by having it signed in front of two witnesses and notarized.


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