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FAQs about making a Montana Medical Power of Attorney
A Montana Medical Power of Attorney is a legal document that grants a trusted individual permission to make healthcare decisions for you, such as refusing or requesting a medical treatment, if you cannot do so.
The person giving permission is known as the "principal," and the individual or organization receiving powers is called the "agent." Designed for residents of Montana, this Power of Attorney for health care is made for use in Yellowstone County, Missoula County, Gallatin County, and in all other regions in the state. All Montana Medical PoA forms from Rocket Lawyer can be customized to address your specific scenario. As a result of having this legal document, your representative(s) will be able to offer verification to healthcare facilities and other parties that they can legally make choices for you when you are not able.
It is quick and easy to assign or receive the authority you may need using a free Montana Medical Power of Attorney template from Rocket Lawyer:
This solution, in many cases, will end up being much more affordable and convenient than finding and hiring the average attorney. If needed, you may prepare a Medical PoA on behalf of an elderly parent, a spouse, or another relative, and then have them sign once you've drafted it. Please keep in mind that for a PoA form to be valid, the principal must be mentally competent when they sign. If the principal has already been declared incompetent, a conservatorship generally will be necessary. In such a scenario, it is a good idea for you to talk to an attorney.
Everyone over 18 years old should have a Medical Power of Attorney. Although it can be challenging to think about, a time might come when you cannot make healthcare decisions on your own. Common situations in which power of attorney would be useful include:
Regardless of whether this Montana Medical Power of Attorney has been made in response to an unexpected issue or as part of a forward-looking plan, witnesses and notarization often help to protect your agent if their privileges are questioned.
At times, when discussing the subjects of elder care or estate planning with legal or medical professionals, you or a loved one may find that "healthcare power of attorney", "medical power of attorney" and "healthcare proxy" are used together. In short, they're the same. That said, it is certainly possible to get agency over matters that aren't related to health care, in which case, "proxy" typically is not the term of choice.
Montana Medical PoA forms are usually easy to make; however, you or your agent could still have questions. Hiring a lawyer to look over your document might take a lot of time on your own. An easier approach worth consideration is to request help from Rocket Lawyer attorney services. Premium members are able to request guidance from an attorney with relevant experience or pose additional questions. As always, you can Live Confidently® knowing that Rocket Lawyer is here by your side.
The cost of hiring and working with a traditional legal provider to produce a Medical Power of Attorney could be between $200 and $500, based on your location. Rocket Lawyer is not your average Power of Attorney template provider. With our service, anyone under a Rocket Lawyer membership has access to up to a 40% discount when hiring an attorney from our On Call network.
With a membership, you may make edits, save it in PDF format or as a Word document, and/or print it out. In order to make the PoA into a legally binding document, you need to sign it. Your agent(s) and care providers should get a copy of your fully executed document.
The specific rules and restrictions for PoA forms vary in each state; however, in Montana, your document will need to be signed by two witnesses. Finally, as a general principle, your witness(es) should not be under 18 years old, and none should also be acting as your agent.
See Montana Medical/Healthcare Power of Attorney law: § 50-9-103