Massachusetts Health Care Proxy (Medical POA)
The Massachusetts Health Care Proxy (Medical Power of Attorney) is a document that allows any competent Massachusetts resident to assert their right, as per the Health Care Proxies law, to “appoint a health care agent by executing a health care proxy.” Considering the substantial decision-making powers a Health Care Proxy will bestow to an Agent in the event of the Principal’s incapacity, the law stipulates a number conditions that must be met in order for the form to be put into effect when necessary. As such, it is strongly recommended that before signing their name to a Health Care Proxy, the Principal and Agent both take the time to understand any relevant legal requirements, limitations, and restrictions.
State Laws & Signing Requirements
State Laws – Health Care Proxies
Signing Requirements (Chapter 201D, Section 2) – It is a requirement that the Principal signs a Medical Power of Attorney (Health Care Proxy) in the presence of two (2) other adults, who must subsequently subscribe their names as witnesses to the Principal’s signature.