This arrangement gives your agent the authority to make health care decisions for you when you’re unable to make them yourself. This is a heavy responsibility for anyone to assume. Be sure you discuss your health care preferences with your agent, so he or she knows what you’d want. This makes the agent’s job much less difficult during what may already be a stressful time.
To create a durable power of attorney for health care, you can use the standard state form. Or, an attorney can create an individualized document for you. Either way, a durable power of attorney must meet specific requirements for it to be valid.