Medical Powers of Attorney
Little Rock and Helena, Arkansas
Life can take an unexpected turn, and as such, there are legal instruments that allows individuals and their families to be prepared for the unforeseen. One such instrument is a medical power of attorney, or what is called a durable power of attorney for healthcare in Arkansas. A medical power of attorney is a document that allows you to select the person that you want to make medical decisions for you if and when you become unable to make these decisions yourself.
Medical powers of attorney can provide you and your family with peace of mind that your decisions about your health will remain in trusted hands.
The attorneys at Knapp Lewis know the ins and outs of Arkansas and Mississippi law regarding powers of attorney and can help you draft a sound medical power of attorney that suits your particular circumstances.
These documents can and should be tailored to each individual situation. A medical power of attorney can cover any kind of health-related decision that you allow it to cover. You may also decide that you want to limit your named representative to only certain kinds of decisions, or provide them with broad powers to make any health care decision that may come up while you are incapacitated. This may include decisions to give, withhold, or withdraw informed consent to any kind of health care like medical and surgical treatments. The document may also specifically set out parameters for decisions pertaining to psychiatric treatment, nursing care, hospitalization, treatment in a nursing home, home health care, and organ donation. It can be as broad or as narrow as you choose it to be.
Under Arkansas Code § 20-13-104, a medical power of attorney must be in writing, signed by the principal or someone acting at the principal’s direction and in the principal’s presence, and must be attested two by two or more witnesses who are at least eighteen years old.
A related instrument to a medical power of attorney is a living will. Living wills set out the types of medical treatment you would or would not like to receive in particular situations. It is intended for situations that you have thought out so that your wishes will be carried out specifically in those situations. A medical power of attorney, however, is still necessary because it is intended for situations that you cannot predict and allows you to choose someone you trust to make these decisions for you.
If you don’t have a medical power of attorney, you should have one drafted right away in order to insulate you and your family from the chaos that is possible in case something unexpected occurs.
The attorneys at Knapp Lewis are seasoned and compassionate advocates that can help you draft a sound medical power of attorney that accurately coveys your wishes.
You may contact us for a free initial consultation by calling (870) 338-3100