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Making a Kansas Healthcare Power of Attorney
A Kansas Healthcare Power of Attorney is a legal document that grants a person or organization permission to make healthcare decisions for you, such as accepting or refusing a specific medical treatment or procedure, when you cannot do so.
The person giving permission is known as the "principal," while the person or organization gaining powers is known as the "agent." Suited for Kansas residents, this Power of Attorney for health care can be used in Johnson County, Sedgwick County, Shawnee County, and in every other county or municipality throughout the state. All Kansas Healthcare PoA forms from Rocket Lawyer can be completely personalized to address your particular circumstances. Making this essential legal document will provide proof to medical providers and other parties that your representative is legally allowed to make choices for you.
It's very simple to give or receive the authority you may need using a free Kansas Healthcare Power of Attorney template from Rocket Lawyer:
This route, in most cases, will be notably less time-consuming than hiring your average attorney. If necessary, you may prepare a Medical PoA on behalf of a family member, and then have that person sign it when ready. Keep in mind that for this document to be accepted as legally valid, the principal must be mentally competent at the time of signing. If the principal is already unable to make their own decisions, a conservatorship generally will be required. In such a scenario, it would be best for you to speak to a lawyer.
Anyone who is over 18 ought to have a Healthcare Power of Attorney. Although it can be difficult to acknowledge, a time will likely come when you can no longer make healthcare decisions on your own. Typical occasions in which you might consider PoA forms to be helpful include:
Regardless of whether this Kansas Healthcare Power of Attorney is being drafted as part of a long-term plan or created as a result of an unexpected issue, witnesses and/or notarization are strongly encouraged as a best practice for protecting your agent if a third party questions their privileges and authority.
Sometimes, in researching the topics of elder care or estate planning, you or a loved one may see "healthcare power of attorney" and "healthcare proxy" used interchangeably. In reality, they're one and the same. That said, it's entirely possible to establish agency over matters that are not health-related, in which case, "proxy" usually is not the term of choice.
Kansas Medical PoA forms are generally simple to make, but you or your agent(s) may need legal advice. Depending on whom you contact, some lawyers will not even accept requests to review documents that they didn't write. A better approach to consider is to request help from attorney services at Rocket Lawyer. With a Premium membership, you can request a document review from an attorney with relevant experience or pose additional questions about your Healthcare Power of Attorney. We are always here to answer any questions that you might have.
The cost of finding and working with a legal provider to create a Medical Power of Attorney might range between two hundred and five hundred dollars, based on your location. Rocket Lawyer can offer much more protection than many other Power of Attorney template providers that you may find. As a Rocket Lawyer Premium member, you can get up to 40% in savings when hiring an attorney from our network.
Attached to your Power of Attorney, you'll find a list of helpful tips on what to do next. As a Rocket Lawyer member, you will be able to make edits, save it as a PDF document or Word file, or sign it. Finally, your agent(s), care providers, and other impacted parties should receive a copy of your final document.
The specific rules and restrictions will be different in each state; however, in Kansas, your document will require notarization or the signatures of two witnesses. The witnesses to your document should not be anyone who is responsible for the cost of your health care, nor should they be family members (including your spouse or adopted children), heirs, or any other beneficiaries. Finally, as a basic standard, witnesses will need to be 18 years old or older, and no witness should also be your PoA agent.
See Kansas Healthcare Power of Attorney law: Chapter 58, Art. 6, Section 25
Last reviewed or updated 08/27/2021