Pennsylvania Durable Power of Attorney Laws
So what exactly is a "durable power of attorney?" It's a legal phrase that refers to a legal process that gives a trusted individual the legal authority to make health care decisions on one's behalf. This legal process is regulated at the state level. Under Pennsylvania's durable power of attorney laws, a physician who acts in good faith reliance on power of attorney shall incur no liability as a result.
Learn more about Pennsylvania durable power of attorney laws in the following table. See Wills and Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care for more information.
|Code Section||20 Pa CSA §5601-5604 Powers of Attorney|
|Specific Powers, Life-Prolonging Acts||Authorize 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 Attorney||Durable 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-State||Documents 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 Physician||Person acting in good faith reliance on power of attorney shall incur no liability as a result.|
Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a Pennsylvania estate planning lawyer or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.
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