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Idaho Durable Power of Attorney Laws

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

Code Section 39-4505, et seq. Natural Death Act
Specific Powers, Life-Prolonging ActsHealth care decisions for principal, meaning consent, refusal of consent, or withdrawal of consent to any care, treatment, services, or procedure to maintain, diagnose, or treat an individual's physical condition. Also includes life-prolonging care decisions (see Living Wills for description of life-prolonging measures)
Legal Requirements for Durable Power of Attorney(1) Signed by principal; (2) dated; (3) signed by 2 witnesses; 4) person must be adult; (5) may list alternative holders of power (sample form §39-4505)
Revocation of Durable Power of AttorneyEffective only when competent person is unable to communicate rationally. Revocable at any time by the maker without regard to competence by (1) destruction of the document; (2) by written, signed revocation; (3) by verbal expression of intent to revoke.
Validity from State-to-State-
If Physician Unwilling to Follow Durable Power of AttorneyPhysician may withdraw without civil or criminal liability provided physician makes a good faith effort to assist patient in transferring before his/her withdrawal
Immunity for Attending PhysicianNo civil or criminal liability for physician acting in accordance with wishes of patient as expressed by statutory procedure

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