District of Columbia Power of Attorney for Health Care Form
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This is a standard advance directive for your state, made available to you as a courtesy by
Lifecare Directives, LLC. You should be aware that extensive research has demonstrated that
there are significant drawbacks to using a very brief state-standard document. As one researcher
has noted, “the development of statutory forms occurs in the legislative arena, [so] their content
is the result of a political rather than a ‘scientific’ process.” Because of “political compromise,
...many of the forms ultimately passed by the legislatures are not optimal from a consumer
perspective” (see: Hoffmann, Diane E; Zimmerman, S; Tompkins, C. The dangers of directives, or the false
security of forms. Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics. 1996;24(1) (Spring):5-17).
American Bar Association concurs, noting that “The statutory advance directive is not
necessarily the exclusive, or even the best, pathway for individuals to follow,” and suggesting
that revised and enhanced documents “may be especially helpful as a...replacement for statutory
forms where restrictions in a statutory directive prevents the individual from fully expressing his
or her wishes” (see: American Bar Association. (1991). Patient Self Determination Act State Law Guide.
Government printing office, Washington, DC).
Lifecare Directives staff have reviewed more than 6,000 medical, legal, academic, and news
media articles on advance directives, as well as reviewing hundreds of document forms. They
have also conducted formal research with scores of medical, legal, and academic processionals
along with more than 1,000 lay public participants. From this process, more than 30 additional
key living will and medical power of attorney enhancements have been identified that should be
included in any living will (or “health care instruction” or “declaration”) and medical power of
attorney (or “proxy”) forms that you may use.
Please consider obtaining the Lifecare Advance Healthcare Directive to obtain these important
additions and benefits. To better understand the important enhancements available through this
combined living will and medical power of attorney, you may wish to obtain the booklet,
“Should I Use a Shorter Standard Directive” available through Lifecare Directives, LLC.
If you have any other questions about this document or other Lifecare resources, please do not
hesitate to contact our staff who will make every effort to fully respond your inquiries and
address any questions you may have. We can be reached at the following:
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