What is a Healthcare Power of Attorney (HCPOA) and what does it do?

A Healthcare Power of Attorney (sometimes referred to as a “Medical Proxy” or “Medical Power of Attorney”) is an instrument authorized by Colorado law allowing you to appoint another person to make medical decisions for you in the event you are unable to communicate. It is important that the person you appoint understand your desires. A Healthcare Power of Attorney differs from a Living Will in that the Living Will typically deals with an end of life scenario and the Healthcare Power of Attorney involves situations which may not involve end of life decisions. If you are over eighteen years of age, you should have a Health Care Power of Attorney.

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