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District of Columbia Durable Power of Attorney Laws

Explanation of Chart and More Information on Durable Power of Attorney Laws

Code Section 21-2201 Health Care Decisions
Specific Powers, Life-Prolonging ActsTo grant, refuse, withdraw consent to the provision of any health-care service, treatment, or procedure if principal is incapable of making or communicating decisions himself
Legal Requirements for Durable Power of Attorney(1) Competent adult; (2) in writing; (3) must include language clearly communicating the intent for attorney-in-fact to have authority to make health-care decisions on behalf of the principal with language that power is effectuated upon principal's incapacity; (4) dated; (5) signed; (6) in presence of 2 adult witnesses; sample form §21-2207
Revocation of Durable Power of AttorneyRevocable at any time by notifying health care provider or attorney-in-fact orally or in writing. Divorce automatically revokes designation of former spouse
Validity from State-to-State-
If Physician Unwilling to Follow Durable Power of Attorney-
Immunity for Attending Physician-

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