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Making an Alaska Healthcare Power of Attorney
An Alaska Healthcare Power of Attorney is a legal document that gives a selected individual the authority to make healthcare decisions for you, such as accepting or refusing medical treatment, when you cannot do so.
The individual giving permission is known as the "principal," while the person or entity receiving powers is called the "agent." Suitable for residents of Alaska, our Power of Attorney for health care is made for use in Anchorage County, Matanuska-Susitna County, Fairbanks North Star County, and in every other part of the state. All Alaska Medical PoA forms from Rocket Lawyer can be completely customized for your specific circumstances. As a result of this essential document, your agent(s) can offer proof to healthcare facilities and other parties that they can legally act in your interest when you are not able.
It's fast and easy to give or receive the support you need with a free Alaska Healthcare Power of Attorney template from Rocket Lawyer:
This route will often be much more affordable and convenient than finding and hiring the average law firm. If necessary, you can fill out a Medical PoA on behalf of an elderly parent, a spouse, or another family member, and then help them sign after you've drafted it. Please keep in mind that for a Power of Attorney to be considered valid, the principal must be mentally competent at the time of signing. In the event that the principal has already been declared incompetent, a conservatorship generally will be necessary. When dealing with this situation, it would be a good idea to speak with a lawyer.
Every person over 18 years old should have a Healthcare Power of Attorney. While it is unpleasant to acknowledge, there could come a day when you aren't able to make your own medical decisions. Common occasions where a PoA can be useful include:
Regardless of whether your Alaska Healthcare Power of Attorney is being drafted as part of a long-term plan or produced as a result of an unexpected emergency, notarization and/or witnesses are highly recommended as a best practice for protecting your agent if their privileges are disputed.
Sometimes, when discussing the subjects of estate planning or elder care with medical professionals, you or a loved one may find that "healthcare power of attorney" and "healthcare proxy" are used together or interchangeably. In short, they're one and the same. That said, it is absolutely possible to have power of attorney over affairs that aren't related to health care, in which case, "proxy" is not generally used.
Alaska Medical PoA forms are typically simple to make; however, you or your agent(s) may still have questions. Getting a legal professional to review your Alaska Healthcare Power of Attorney can be time-consuming and relatively costly. A more cost-effective option is via attorney services at Rocket Lawyer. When you sign up for a Premium membership, you can get your document reviewed or ask specific legal questions. As always, you can rest assured that Rocket Lawyer is here to help.
The cost of hiring an attorney to make a Medical Power of Attorney could add up to anywhere between two hundred and five hundred dollars, based on your location. Rocket Lawyer offers much more than many other Power of Attorney template websites that you might discover elsewhere. As a Rocket Lawyer member, you can get up to 40% in savings when hiring an attorney.
After making your Healthcare PoA document with Rocket Lawyer, you will be able to see it anytime, anywhere. With a Premium membership, you may make edits, download it as a PDF document or Word file, print it, or sign it. Attached to each Power of Attorney form, there is a checklist of suggested steps to take once your document is finished. Your agent(s) and care providers should receive copies of your final document.
The specifications and restrictions for PoA forms vary in each state; however, in Alaska, your Power of Attorney will require notarization or the signatures of two witnesses. Your witnesses should not be your healthcare provider or any employee of the institution or facility where you are receiving care. Only one witness can be someone who is an heir/beneficiary or who is otherwise legally related to you (such as a spouse or family member). Finally, as a basic standard, your witness(es) must not be under 18 years old, and none of them should simultaneously be acting as your agent.
See Alaska Healthcare Power of Attorney law: AS 13.52.010