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Pennsylvania Durable Power of Attorney Laws

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Code Section 20 Pa CSA §5601-5604 Powers of Attorney
Specific Powers, Life-Prolonging ActsAuthorize admission to medical facility and enter into agreements for principal's care and to consent, arrange, and authorize medical and surgical procedures including administration of drugs
Legal Requirements for Durable Power of Attorney(1) In writing; (2) signed; (3) in the presence of 2 witnesses; (4) presumed durable
Revocation of Durable Power of AttorneyDurable power of attorney not affected by subsequent disability or incapacity. Agent must have actual notice of revocation for it to be effective. Divorce revokes power of attorney for spouse.
Validity from State-to-StateDocuments executed in other states valid except to extent they allow agents to make decisions inconsistent with Pennsylvania law
If Physician Unwilling to Follow Durable Power of Attorney-
Immunity for Attending PhysicianPerson acting in good faith reliance on power of attorney shall incur no liability as a result.

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