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Making a Pennsylvania Healthcare Power of Attorney
A Pennsylvania Healthcare Power of Attorney is a legal document that gives a selected individual or organization permission to make health-related decisions on your behalf, such as accepting or refusing a certain medical treatment, when you cannot do so.
The person granting permission is called the "principal," and the people or organizations gaining authority are known as the "agents." Suited for Pennsylvania residents, our Power of Attorney for health care is made for use in Philadelphia County, Allegheny County, Montgomery County, and in every other county or municipality in the state. All Pennsylvania Healthcare PoA forms from Rocket Lawyer can be modified to address your unique situation. This essential document will provide verification to healthcare facilities and other parties that your selected agent can make choices for you.
It's fast and easy to give or receive the authority you need using a free Pennsylvania Healthcare Power of Attorney template from Rocket Lawyer:
This route is, in many cases, much less expensive than meeting and hiring your average attorney. If necessary, you may start this Medical PoA on behalf of a family member, and then have that person sign when ready. Keep in mind that for a Power of Attorney to be considered valid, the principal must be a mentally competent adult when they sign. If the principal has already been declared legally incompetent, a court-appointed conservatorship may be necessary. When facing such a situation, it is important for you to speak with a lawyer.
Every person over 18 years old ought to have a Healthcare Power of Attorney. While it may be painful to think about, there may come a day when you aren't able to make medical decisions on your own. Common circumstances in which you may find PoA forms to be useful include:
Whether your Pennsylvania Healthcare Power of Attorney is being generated as part of a forward-looking plan or created as a result of an unexpected emergency, witnesses and/or notarization can often help to protect your agent if their authority is doubted by a third party.
In researching the topics of estate planning and/or elder care, you or a loved one may see "healthcare proxy" and "healthcare power of attorney" being used interchangeably. In short, they are the same. That said, it's certainly possible to get power of attorney over affairs that aren't related to medical care, in which case, "proxy" is not commonly used.
Pennsylvania Medical PoA forms are usually simple, but you or your agent(s) could still have legal questions. The answer will vary depending on whom you contact, but sometimes an attorney may not even agree to review a document that they didn't draft. A more favorable approach might be through Rocket Lawyer attorney services. If you sign up for a Premium membership, you will be able to request feedback from an On Call attorney with relevant experience or ask other questions about your Healthcare Power of Attorney. As always, we'll be here to support you.
The fees associated with finding and hiring a traditional attorney to write a Medical Power of Attorney might be between $200 and $500, based on your location. When using Rocket Lawyer, you are not just filling out a Power of Attorney template. If you ever require support from a lawyer, your Premium membership provides up to a 40% discount when you hire an On Call attorney.
After creating the document with Rocket Lawyer, you will be able to view it anytime and anywhere. You should feel free to interact with your PoA in any or all of the following ways: editing it, printing it out, or signing it. Each Power of Attorney has a checklist of next steps you can take to finalize the document. Your agent(s) and care providers should get a copy of your fully executed document.
The rules and restrictions are different by state; however, in Pennsylvania, your document must be signed by two witnesses. Where applicable, the witnesses to a Healthcare PoA must not include the person who signed the document on your behalf. As a basic principle, witnesses must be 18 years old or older, and none of them should also be designated as your agent.
See Pennsylvania Healthcare Power of Attorney law: Title 20, Chapter 54, Subchapter C