What is the difference between Medical and Durable POA?

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what is the difference between medical and durable power of attorney


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There may not be any difference between a medical and durable POA. Or there may be.

There are two types of durable POAs. One is for medical care. The other is for handling finances. With each type you, the principal, appoint someone to act for you, your agent-in-fact, if you become incapacitated and can no longer make your own medical or financial decisions.

Medical durable POAs may be given another name, depending on state law, including:

  • Medical Power of Attorney

  • Power of Attorney for Health Care

  • Health Care Directive

  • Advance HealthCare Directive

  • Designation of Surrogate

  • Patient Advocate Designation.

Your state's Medical Association should be able to provide you with the proper form for your state.