Health Care Power of Attorney

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A Healthcare Power of Attorney (HCPoA) is a legal document which allows you to designate a specific set of people, or order of preference, for making medical decisions on your behalf if you are unable to communicate for any length of time. This is especially useful for people who have closer ties outside their family than within it, or who are closer to specific family members who may not be assumed as the default caregivers.

The exact nature of this document, and the process for completing it, may vary by jurisdiction. In the United States, it is determined by each state.



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