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Making an Idaho Healthcare Power of Attorney
An Idaho Healthcare Power of Attorney is a legal document that grants a trusted individual or entity the authority to make health-related decisions on your behalf, such as accepting or refusing specific medical treatments, when you cannot do so.
The individual giving control is called the "principal," while the person or entity gaining powers is known as the "agent." Designed for residents of Idaho, this Power of Attorney for health care can be used in Ada County, Canyon County, Kootenai County, and in all other parts of the state. All Idaho Healthcare PoA forms from Rocket Lawyer can be edited for your specific scenario. Creating this essential document provides confirmation to healthcare facilities and other parties that your selected agent is legally allowed to act in your interest.
It is quick and easy to give or receive the support you need with a free Idaho Healthcare Power of Attorney template from Rocket Lawyer:
This solution, in most cases, will end up being notably less expensive and less time-consuming than hiring and working with a conventional provider. If needed, you may start this Medical PoA on behalf of your spouse, an elderly parent, or another family member, and then have them sign when ready. Please remember that for this document to be legally valid, the principal must be an adult who is mentally competent when they sign. In the event that the principal has already been declared incompetent, a conservatorship could be necessary. When facing this scenario, it's best for you to talk to an attorney.
Anyone who is over 18 years old should have a Healthcare Power of Attorney. Even though it is difficult to acknowledge, a time could come when you aren't able to make your own healthcare decisions. Here are some typical situations where PoA forms would be useful:
Whether your Idaho Healthcare Power of Attorney is being made in response to an unexpected emergency or as part of a long-term plan, witnesses and notarization are highly recommended for protecting your agent if their power and authority are doubted by a third party.
In discussing the topics of estate planning or elder care with healthcare professionals, you might find that the terms "healthcare power of attorney" and "healthcare proxy" are used interchangeably. In reality, they're one and the same. That said, please keep in mind that it is possible to establish agency over affairs that are not related to medical care, in which case, "proxy" typically is not the term of choice.
Idaho Medical PoA forms are typically straightforward; however, you or your agent may still need legal advice. Depending on whom you approach, some attorneys will not even accept requests to review a document that they did not author. A better approach might be via the Rocket Lawyer On Call® network. If you become a Premium member, you have the ability to ask for a document review from an experienced lawyer or get answers to other questions related to your Healthcare Power of Attorney. As always, we're here to support you.
The cost of hiring and working with a conventional legal provider to produce a Medical Power of Attorney can total between two hundred and five hundred dollars. Unlike the other websites that you may come across, Rocket Lawyer offers more than a Power of Attorney template. If you ever require support from a lawyer, your Premium membership provides up to a 40% discount when you hire an On Call attorney.
Alongside your Power of Attorney, you'll discover a checklist of next steps to take once your document is completed. With a membership, you will be able to make edits, download it in PDF format or as a Word document, print it out, and sign it. Finally, your agent(s), care providers, and other impacted parties should get a copy of your final document.
The laws are different in each state; however, in Idaho, neither witnesses nor notarization are legally required. That said, both are recommended to help reinforce the authenticity of your document. As a general standard, your witness(es) should be 18 years old or older, and no witness should also be acting as your Power of Attorney agent.
See Idaho Healthcare Power of Attorney law: § 39-4510