Missouri Durable Power of Attorney Laws
|Code Section||404.800, et seq. Durable Power of Attorney-for Health Care|
|Specific Powers, Life-Prolonging Acts||May make health care decisions, but no agent may authorize withdrawal of artificially supplied nutrition and hydration which the patient may ingest through natural means|
|Legal Requirements for Durable Power of Attorney||(1) Signed; (2) dated; (3) includes provision that durable power shall not terminate if principal becomes disabled or incapacitated; (4) powers generally commence upon certification by 2 licensed physicians that patient is incapacitated|
|Revocation of Durable Power of Attorney||Revocable at any time in any manner by which patient is able to communicate the intent to revoke. Effective upon communication to agent or to physician|
|Validity from State-to-State||-|
|If Physician Unwilling to Follow Durable Power of Attorney||Physician may not impede the attorney-in-fact from transferring patient to another physician or facility|
|Immunity for Attending Physician||Any third party acting in good faith may rely on the instructions of the attorney-in-fact without liability to the patient or the patient's successors-in-interest|
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