To get a medical power of attorney in Arizona requires one to either apply online or high an attorney.
Only 40% of adults have an advanced directive, leaving many vulnerable in emergencies.
What is an Arizona Medical Power of Attorney?
An Arizona Medical Power of Attorney lets a trusted individual or organization make health decisions for you when you can’t.
The person granting authority is the “principal,” and those receiving it are “agents.”
When to use an Arizona Medical Power of Attorney:
- You aim to grant someone legal authority for healthcare choices if you’re unable.
- You’re dealing with a risky surgery or a terminal illness.
- You seek a comprehensive estate plan that includes healthcare considerations.
How do I get Medical Power of Attorney in Arizona?
- Create your POA – Just answer a few questions, and we’ll handle the rest.
- Review and share – Discuss it with your agent or consult a lawyer if needed.
- Sign and legalize – You can opt for witnesses and notarization for best practices.
This approach is often quicker and more cost-effective than hiring a traditional attorney.
You can even draft a Medical PoA for a family member and have them sign it, but remember, the principal must be a mentally competent adult to make it legally valid.
If they’re declared incompetent, consult an attorney for a conservatorship.
Who should have a Power of Attorney for healthcare in Arizona?
Every adult should have a Medical Power of Attorney. It’s crucial for times when you can’t make your own healthcare decisions, such as:
- Aging or declining health
- Moving to a care facility
- Hospitalization for surgery
- Receiving a terminal diagnosis
Having witnesses and notarization, whether part of a long-term plan or in an emergency, adds credibility to your Medical POA.
Does a Medical POA need to be notarized, witnessed, and/or recorded in Arizona?
POA rules differ by state. In Arizona, your Power of Attorney needs notary acknowledgment or one witness.
Witnesses can’t be involved in your care or related to you. Witnesses should be 18+, and not serve as your POA agent.