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Making an Alabama Healthcare Power of Attorney
An Alabama Healthcare Power of Attorney is a legal document that gives a selected individual or entity permission to make health-related decisions on your behalf, such as refusing or requesting specific medical treatments or procedures, when you cannot do so.
The individual giving control is known as the "principal," and the individuals or organizations receiving powers are known as the "agents." Designed for residents of Alabama, our Power of Attorney for health care is made for use in Jefferson County, Mobile County, Madison County, and in any other part of the state. All Alabama Healthcare PoA forms from Rocket Lawyer can be personalized to address your specific circumstances. Creating this essential document provides confirmation to medical facilities and other parties that your chosen agent(s) can legally act in your interest when you are not able.
It is very easy to give or receive the authority you might need with a free Alabama Healthcare Power of Attorney template from Rocket Lawyer:
This method, in most cases, will end up being notably more affordable than finding and working with a conventional attorney. If needed, you may start this Medical PoA on behalf of an elderly parent, a spouse, or another relative, and then have that person sign when ready. Keep in mind that for this document to be considered legally valid, the principal must be an adult who is mentally competent at the time of signing. In the event that the principal is already unable to make their own decisions, a conservatorship generally will be required. When managing such a scenario, it's best for you to work with a lawyer..
Every person over 18 should have a Healthcare Power of Attorney. Though it's difficult to think about, there could come a time when you are no longer able to make medical decisions on your own. Here are a few typical occasions in which PoA forms might be helpful:
Whether your Alabama Healthcare Power of Attorney has been made as a result of an emergency or as part of a long-term plan, notarization and/or witnesses can help to protect your agent if a third party disputes their privileges and authority.
At times, in researching the topics of estate planning and/or elder care, you may see "healthcare proxy" and "healthcare power of attorney" being used together or interchangeably. At the end of the day, they are one and the same. That being said, you should keep in mind that it is entirely possible to establish power of attorney over matters that aren't related to medical care. In that case, "proxy" generally is not the preferred term.
Alabama Medical PoA forms are typically straightforward, but you or your agent may need advice. Having a professional double-check your document may take a lot of time if you try to do it on your own. An easier approach would be to request help from the On Call network. Rocket Lawyer Premium members have the ability to ask for a document review from an experienced lawyer or pose other questions. As always, you can be confident that Rocket Lawyer is here by your side.
The fees associated with finding and hiring a legal provider to generate a Medical Power of Attorney could total anywhere between $200 and $500. Rocket Lawyer offers much more than most other Power of Attorney template websites that you might find. As a Rocket Lawyer Premium member, you can get up to 40% in savings when hiring an On Call attorney.
Alongside your Power of Attorney, you'll discover a checklist of tips on what comes next after the document is finished. With a Rocket Lawyer membership, you will be able to edit it, save it as a Word document or PDF file, and sign it. Finally, be sure that your agent(s), care providers, and other impacted parties receive a copy of your final document.
The specific guidelines and restrictions are different by state; however, in Alabama, your Power of Attorney will need to be signed by two witnesses. Witnesses cannot be anyone who is responsible for the cost of your medical care, nor should they be a spouse/relative, heir or any other beneficiary. Finally, as a general rule, witnesses must be at least 19 years old, and no witness should simultaneously be acting as your agent.
See Alabama Healthcare Power of Attorney law: § 22-8A-4