Medical Powers of Attorney | Boulder Medical POA Attorney
A medical power of attorney is an instrument that grants an agent the power to act as attorney-in-fact with regard to medical decisions of the principal. A medical power of attorney can become effective immediately or it can spring up, meaning it can become effective only when needed at the time of some future occurrence or date.
Medical powers of attorney are almost always “durable” as well. A durable power of attorney is one that remains effective even when the grantor becomes incapacitated. The reason there is a distinction between durable and nondurable powers of attorney is because at common law an agency relationship could not continue to the extent that an agent sought to take actions outside of the capacity of the principal. A durable medical power of attorney would not do a whole lot of good if it could not remain in force past the point of the principal’s incapacity, so medical powers of attorney are almost always durable.
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