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Making a Michigan Healthcare Power of Attorney
A Michigan Healthcare Power of Attorney is a legal document that gives a selected individual or entity permission to make healthcare decisions for you, such as refusing or requesting certain medical treatments, if you cannot do so.
The individual granting permission is called the "principal," while the people or entities gaining authority are known as the "agents." Designed for Michigan residents, this Power of Attorney for health care can be used in Kent County, Genesee County, Washtenaw County, and in all other counties and municipalities throughout the state. All Michigan Medical PoA forms from Rocket Lawyer can be edited to address your particular circumstances. This essential legal document provides proof to medical facilities and other parties that your selected representative is legally allowed to make choices for you.
It is fast and easy to grant or obtain the support you need with a free Michigan Healthcare Power of Attorney template from Rocket Lawyer:
This solution, in most cases, would end up being notably less expensive and less time-consuming than hiring and working with the average law firm. If necessary, you may start this Medical PoA on behalf of an elderly parent, a spouse, or another relative, and then have them sign it once you've drafted it. Keep in mind that for this document to be considered valid, the principal must be mentally competent when they sign. If the principal is already unable to make their own decisions, a court-appointed conservatorship may be required. In such a situation, it's important for you to talk to a lawyer.
Every person over 18 years old ought to have a Healthcare Power of Attorney. Even though it can be difficult to acknowledge, there could come a day when you can no longer make your own medical decisions. Here are a few typical occasions where you might consider power of attorney to be useful:
Regardless of whether your Michigan Healthcare Power of Attorney has been produced in response to an emergency or as part of a long-term plan, notarization and/or witnesses can help to protect your agent if anyone challenges their privileges and authority.
Sometimes, in researching the topics of elder care and estate planning, you may see "healthcare proxy" and "healthcare power of attorney" being used interchangeably. In short, they are one and the same. That being said, please keep in mind that it's absolutely possible to get agency over matters that are not health-related, in which case, "proxy" is not normally used.
Michigan Medical PoA forms are typically straightforward; however, you or your agent(s) might still have legal questions. Having a lawyer look over your document may take a lot of time if you attempt to do it on your own. An easier approach would be through Rocket Lawyer attorney services. Rocket Lawyer members are able to request advice from an experienced lawyer or send other questions. As always, you can be confident that Rocket Lawyer is here by your side.
The cost of hiring an attorney to generate a Medical Power of Attorney can total between two hundred and five hundred dollars, depending on your location. Rocket Lawyer offers much more than many other Power of Attorney template providers that you might come across elsewhere. As a Rocket Lawyer member, you can get up to a 40% discount when hiring an attorney.
Each Power of Attorney comes with its own series of tips on what you should do next. You are encouraged to try any or all of these actions related to your PoA: editing it, saving it in PDF format or as a Word file, printing it out, and/or signing it. Finally, take care to give a final copy of the signed document to your agent(s) and care providers.
The specific requirements and restrictions governing PoA forms will be different in each state; however, in Michigan, your Power of Attorney must be signed by two witnesses. Witnesses must not include your physician, any employees of your life or health insurance provider, or employees of a healthcare facility where you are a patient. Relatives (including your spouse), heirs, and any other beneficiaries are also prohibited. As a basic principle, witnesses will need to be over 18 years old, and none of them should simultaneously be your Power of Attorney agent.
See Michigan Healthcare Power of Attorney law: § 700.5507
Last reviewed or updated 08/27/2021