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Making a Nebraska Healthcare Power of Attorney
A Nebraska Healthcare Power of Attorney is a legal document that grants a selected individual the authority to make health-related decisions on your behalf, such as refusing or accepting medical treatment, if you cannot do so.
The person giving control is known as the "principal," and the people or entities obtaining authority are called the "agents." Suitable for Nebraska residents, this Power of Attorney for health care can be used in Douglas County, Lancaster County, Sarpy County, and in all other counties in the state. All Nebraska Medical PoA forms from Rocket Lawyer can be completely customized to address your particular situation. As a result of this official legal document, your representative(s) can provide verification to medical institutions and other parties that they can make choices for you when you are not able.
It's very simple to grant or obtain the support you may need with a free Nebraska Healthcare Power of Attorney template from Rocket Lawyer:
This solution, in most cases, will end up being much more affordable than working with the average provider. If necessary, you can start a Medical PoA on behalf of a relative, and then help that person sign when ready. Please remember that for this document to be accepted as 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 legally incompetent, a court-appointed conservatorship generally will be necessary. In this scenario, it is important to speak to a lawyer.
Anyone who is over 18 should have a Healthcare Power of Attorney. Though it is unpleasant to acknowledge, there may come a day when you can no longer make healthcare decisions on your own. Typical occasions where you might consider a PoA to be useful include:
Whether your Nebraska Healthcare Power of Attorney has been prepared as part of a forward-looking plan or made as a result of an unexpected emergency, witnesses and/or notarization are highly recommended as a best practice for protecting your document if its lawfulness is doubted.
At times, in the process of researching the topics of elder care and estate planning, you or a loved one may hear "healthcare power of attorney" and "healthcare proxy" used together or interchangeably. At the end of the day, they are one and the same. That said, you should keep in mind that it's possible to give agency over matters that are not related to health care. In that case, "proxy" is not normally used.
Nebraska Medical PoA forms are typically straightforward; however, you or your agent may still have legal questions. Hiring an attorney to provide feedback on your Nebraska Healthcare Power of Attorney can be expensive. An easier and more cost-effective route is to request help from the On Call network of attorneys. As a Premium member, you can have your document examined by an On Call attorney with relevant experience. As always, you can rest assured that Rocket Lawyer is by your side.
The fees associated with hiring the average attorney to create a Medical Power of Attorney could add up to anywhere from two hundred to five hundred dollars, depending on your location. Different from many other Power of Attorney template providers that you might find elsewhere, Rocket Lawyer offers Premium membership holders up to a 40% discount when hiring a lawyer, so an attorney can represent you if you ever need help.
With a Rocket Lawyer membership, you may make edits, download it as a PDF document or Word file, and print it. In order to make this drafted PoA into a true legal document, you will need to sign it. Your agent(s) and care providers should receive a copy of the fully executed document.
The specifications vary in each state; however, in Nebraska, your Power of Attorney will need to be acknowledged by a notary public or signed by two witnesses. Witnesses to your PoA form should not be your relative/spouse, heirs, or other beneficiaries. As a basic standard, witnesses will need to not be under 18 years old, and no witness should simultaneously be acting as your agent.
See Nebraska Healthcare Power of Attorney law: § 30-3403