What is a Medical Power of Attorney?
A medical power of attorney allows you to decide who should make your medical decisions if you ever cannot make them for yourself. This person will be responsible for things like determining between procedure A, surgery B, or no treatment, determining if long-term care or hospice are ever needed.
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What Happens if I Do not Have a Medical Power of Attorney in Place?
Without a medical power of attorney, the Colorado Medical Proxy Statute has default rules in place for who can make your medical decisions. However, if you don’t have a traditional family or family disputes arise as to what care should be performed, a court hearing known as a guardianship hearing may take place for the judge to appoint someone to make these decisions.
Any court hearing costs thousands of dollars and there is always the risk the judge may appoint someone you would not have wanted to make your medical decisions or even hire an attorney to make them for you. The same thing can happen without a financial power of attorney as well.
How Do I Get the Medical Power of Attorney in Place?
At Althaus Law, getting your medical power of attorney is simple. Contact our firm to make an appointment to discuss this very important document. Your initial consult is free of charge!
Who is in charge of talking to your doctors if you are unable to do so?
Your medical power of attorney, that’s who. If you don’t have one, then a stranger gets to decide what happens to you. Sound fun? We don’t think so either.
Contact our law firm for help putting your MPOA in place today. We can help you get your affairs in order.
What Does a Medical Power of Attorney Do in Colorado?
The specific role of a medical power of attorney is to make decisions regarding your well-being if you are hurt and unable to talk to the doctors yourself. They can grant medical releases, approve surgeries, decide long-term care, and more.
Why Do I Need a Medical POA?
One thing people do not realize is that powers of attorney (both medical and financial) are required in Colorado. If you do not have a medical power of attorney and you become incapacitated, a judge has to come in and appoint a person to make decisions and talk to your doctors. This person is called a guardian, and the hearing to have that person appointed is not cheap (thousands of dollars). Then you get the joy of paying that person hundreds of dollars per hour to make your choices for you.
Putting a simple MPOA in place now lets you name who you want in charge so a judge doesn’t have to. Let our Longmont & Thornton firm guide you down the path so you can have peace of mind knowing you are fully protected should anything unexpected happen.
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