District of Columbia Durable Power of Attorney Laws
|Code Section||21-2201 Health Care Decisions|
|Specific Powers, Life-Prolonging Acts||To 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 Attorney||Revocable 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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