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FAQs about making a Wyoming Medical Power of Attorney
A Wyoming Medical Power of Attorney is a legal document that grants a trusted individual the authority to make health-related decisions for you, such as refusing or requesting a specific medical treatment or procedure, if you cannot do so.
The person giving control is called the "principal," while the individuals or entities obtaining powers are known as the "agents." Suitable for Wyoming residents, our Power of Attorney for health care is made for use in Laramie County, Natrona County, Campbell County, and in all other parts of the state. All Wyoming Healthcare PoA forms from Rocket Lawyer can be personalized for your unique situation. Making this legal document will provide proof to medical providers and other parties that your agent(s) can make choices for you.
It is very simple to grant or receive the authority you might need using a free Wyoming Medical Power of Attorney template from Rocket Lawyer:
This method is, in most cases, much less expensive than hiring and working with your average lawyer. If needed, you may fill out this Medical PoA on behalf of your spouse or another family member, and then help that person sign it once you've drafted it. Please remember that for a PoA form to be accepted as legally valid, the principal must be an adult who is mentally competent at the time of signing. If the principal has already been declared incompetent, a court-appointed conservatorship could be necessary. When dealing with this scenario, it would be a good idea for you to work with a lawyer.
If you are over 18 years old, you should have a Medical Power of Attorney. While it's challenging to acknowledge, a time will likely come when you aren't able to make your own healthcare decisions. Here are some typical circumstances in which you might consider a PoA to be helpful:
Whether your Wyoming Medical Power of Attorney has been drafted as part of a long-term plan or created in response to an emergency, notarization and/or witnesses can often help to protect your document if its legitimacy is doubted by a third party.
Sometimes, in the process of researching the subjects of estate planning and elder care, you or a loved one might hear "healthcare power of attorney", "medical power of attorney" and "healthcare proxy" being used together. In reality, they are one and the same. That being said, you should keep in mind that it's entirely possible to grant power of attorney over affairs that aren't health-related. In that case, "proxy" is not normally used.
Wyoming Medical PoA forms are usually simple to make; however, you or your agent could still need legal advice. Hiring an attorney to check your Wyoming Medical Power of Attorney may be costly. An easier and more cost-effective way to get a second pair of eyes on your document would be to go through the On Call network. If you become a Premium member, you can have your documents evaluated by an experienced attorney. As always, Rocket Lawyer is here for you.
The fees associated with hiring a law firm to make a Medical Power of Attorney might total between two hundred and five hundred dollars, depending on your location. When you use Rocket Lawyer, you are not just filling out a Power of Attorney template. In case you ever require help from a lawyer, your Premium membership offers up to a 40% discount when you hire an attorney from our On Call network.
With a Rocket Lawyer membership, you may make edits, save it in Word or PDF format, or print it out. When you are ready to finalize your Power of Attorney, it must be signed. You should provide a final copy of the signed document to your agent(s) and care providers.
The specific guidelines and restrictions for PoA forms will be different by state; however, in Wyoming, your document will need to be signed by a notary public or two witnesses. Your chosen witnesses cannot be operators or employees of any healthcare or residential/community care facilities providing your care. As a general rule, witnesses must not be under the age of 18, and no witness should also be named as your PoA agent.
See Wyoming Medical/Healthcare Power of Attorney law: Title 35, Ch. 22, Article 4