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FAQs about making a Minnesota Medical Power of Attorney
A Minnesota Medical Power of Attorney is a legal document that grants a selected person permission to make healthcare decisions on your behalf, such as accepting or refusing a certain medical treatment or procedure, when you cannot do so.
The person granting control is called the "principal," and the individual or entity receiving authority is called the "agent." Designed for residents of Minnesota, this Power of Attorney for health care is made for use in Hennepin County, Ramsey County, Dakota County, and in every other region in the state. All Minnesota Medical PoA forms from Rocket Lawyer can be tailored to address your specific situation. As a result of this official document, your agent will be able to provide confirmation to medical institutions and other parties that they can make choices for you.
It's quick and easy to grant or receive the authority you might need with a free Minnesota Medical Power of Attorney template from Rocket Lawyer:
This solution will often be much less expensive and less time-consuming than finding and hiring a traditional law firm. If necessary, you can prepare this Medical PoA on behalf of a relative, and then help that person sign when ready. Please remember 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 has already been declared incompetent, a court-appointed conservatorship might be necessary. In this scenario, it's a good idea to work with an attorney..
Every person over 18 ought to have a Medical Power of Attorney. Although it's difficult to acknowledge, there will likely come a time when you can no longer make your own medical decisions. Here are some common situations where you may find PoA forms to be helpful:
Whether your Minnesota Medical Power of Attorney is being generated as part of a long-term plan or made in response to an emergency, notarization and witnesses can help to protect your document if its legitimacy is disputed by a third party.
At times, when discussing the topics of estate planning and/or elder care with medical professionals, you may hear "healthcare power of attorney", "medical power of attorney" and "healthcare proxy" used interchangeably. At the end of the day, they're the same. That said, you should keep in mind that it's certainly possible to establish agency over affairs that aren't related to medical care, in which case, "proxy" is not usually used.
Minnesota Medical PoA forms are typically simple, but you or your agent may still have legal questions. Depending on whom you reach out to, some lawyers will not even accept requests to review documents that they did not draft. A more favorable approach to consider is to go through Rocket Lawyer attorney services. If you become a Premium member, you will be able to request guidance from an attorney with relevant experience or get answers to other questions related to your Medical Power of Attorney. We're here for you.
The cost of hiring a lawyer to draft a Medical Power of Attorney could total anywhere from $200 to $500, depending on your location. When you use Rocket Lawyer, you aren't just filling out a Power of Attorney template. If you ever need help from a lawyer, your membership provides up to 40% in savings when you hire an attorney from our On Call network.
When you're finished creating a document with the help of Rocket Lawyer, you will have the ability to retrieve it wherever and whenever you choose. You also may engage with your document in all of these ways: making edits, downloading it as a PDF document or Word file, and signing it. Attached alongside each Power of Attorney form, there will be a checklist of tips on what is next after the document is completed. Your agent(s), care providers, and other impacted parties should get a copy of the final document.
The specific requirements and restrictions vary in each state; however, in Minnesota, your document will need the signatures of two witnesses or a notary public. Only one of the witnesses to your Healthcare PoA can be your healthcare provider. Finally, as a general standard, witnesses must be 18 years old or older, and none of them should also be your agent.
See Minnesota Medical/Healthcare Power of Attorney law: § 145C.07