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Making a New Mexico Healthcare Power of Attorney
A New Mexico Healthcare Power of Attorney is a legal document that gives a person or entity the authority to make healthcare decisions on your behalf, such as accepting or refusing a specific medical treatment, if you cannot do so.
The individual giving permission is called the "principal," and the individuals or entities receiving powers are called the "agents." Designed for residents of New Mexico, our Power of Attorney for health care can be used in Bernalillo County, Dona Ana County, Santa Fe County, and in all other parts of the state. All New Mexico Healthcare PoA forms from Rocket Lawyer can be fully personalized for your specific situation. As a result of this official document, your agent will be able to offer verification to healthcare providers and other parties that they can make choices for you.
It's quick and easy to grant or obtain the support you need using a free New Mexico Healthcare Power of Attorney template from Rocket Lawyer:
This method, in many cases, will end up being notably more affordable and convenient than working with the average provider. If necessary, you may fill out a Medical PoA on behalf of an elderly parent, a spouse, or another family member, and then have them sign after you've drafted it. Keep in mind that for a PoA form to be considered legally valid, the principal must be mentally competent when they sign. If the principal has already been declared legally incompetent, a court-appointed conservatorship could be required. When dealing with such a situation, it's a good idea for you to speak with an attorney.
Every person over 18 ought to have a Healthcare Power of Attorney. Although it's difficult to acknowledge, there might come a time when you are not able to make medical decisions on your own. Typical circumstances where you may find power of attorney to be helpful include:
Whether your New Mexico Healthcare Power of Attorney is being drafted as part of a long-term plan or produced in response to an unexpected emergency, witnesses and/or notarization are strongly encouraged for protecting your agent if their privileges and authority are doubted.
At times, when discussing the subjects of elder care and/or estate planning with medical or legal professionals, you or a loved one might hear "healthcare proxy" and "healthcare power of attorney" used interchangeably. In short, they're one and the same. That said, you should keep in mind that it's certainly possible to establish power of attorney over affairs that are not related to medical care. In that case, "proxy" usually is not the preferred term.
New Mexico Medical PoA forms are normally straightforward, but you or your agent(s) may have questions. Depending on whom you contact, some lawyers will not even accept requests to review a document that they did not write. An easier approach to consider is to go through attorney services at Rocket Lawyer. By signing up for a Premium membership, you will be able to ask for a document review from an experienced attorney or send additional questions about your Healthcare Power of Attorney. As always, Rocket Lawyer is here for you.
The cost of finding and working with the average law firm to write a Medical Power of Attorney could total between $200 and $500, depending on your location. Different from many other websites you may stumble upon, Rocket Lawyer offers more than a Power of Attorney template. If you ever require help from a lawyer, your Rocket Lawyer membership offers up to 40% in savings when you hire an attorney.
Upon completing your Healthcare PoA document using Rocket Lawyer, you will be able to open it anytime, anywhere. You also may try any of the following actions related to your document: editing it, printing it, and/or signing it. Your Power of Attorney has its own checklist of helpful tips to follow while finalizing your document. You should make sure to provide a copy of the signed document to your agent(s), care providers, and other impacted parties.
The specific guidelines and restrictions for PoA forms are different in each state; however, in New Mexico, neither witnesses nor notarization are legally required. That said, both are recommended to help reinforce the validity of your document. Finally, as a general rule, your witness(es) must not be under the age of 18, and no witness should simultaneously be designated as your PoA agent.
See New Mexico Healthcare Power of Attorney law: Ch. 24, Article 7A
Last reviewed or updated 08/27/2021