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Why Do I Need A Healthcare POA In Illinois?

What is a Healthcare POA?

A Healthcare POA (power of attorney) is a legal form that you can use to name someone to make healthcare decisions on your behalf. The person you name to make healthcare decisions on your behalf is known as your “agent,” and has ultimate authority to make healthcare decisions for you, including the decision of when life-sustaining treatment should be given or withheld.

Why do I need a Healthcare POA?

A Healthcare POA (power of attorney) allows you to name the person you want to make healthcare decisions on your behalf in the event that you cannot. Also, a Healthcare POA allows you to direct the things your agent should take into account in making healthcare decisions regarding life-sustaining treatment.

In other words, if you Prepare a Healthcare POA and name – in advance – the person you want to speak for you and make healthcare decisions in the event you cannot, it is more likely that your healthcare will be managed the way you would wish in a situation where you are unable to communicate your desires yourself.