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The Washington health care power of attorney is a legal document used by the grantor to authorize the attorney-in-fact to make decisions about his/her health care matters.
DURABLE POWER OF ATTORNEY FOR HEALTH CARE
Notice to Person Executing This Document
This is an important legal document. Before executing this document you should know these facts:
■This document gives the person you designate as your Health Care Agent the power to make MOST health care decisions
for you if you lose the capability to make informed health care decisions for yourself. This power is effective only when
you lose the capacity to make informed health care decisions for yourself. As long as you have the capacity to make
informed health care decisions for yourself, you retain the right to make all medical and other health care decisions.
■You may include specific limitations in this document on the authority of the Health Care Agent to make health care
decisions for you.
■Subject to any specific limitations you include in this document, if you do lose the capacity to make an informed
decision on a health care matter, the Health Care Agent GENERALLY will be authorized by this document to make
health care decisions for you to the same extent as you could make those decisions yourself, if you had the capacity to
do so. The authority of the Health Care Agent to make health care decisions for you GENERALLY will include the
authority to give informed consent, to refuse to give informed consent, or to withdraw informed consent to any care,
treatment, service, or procedure to maintain, diagnose, or treat a physical or mental condition. You can limit that right
in this document if you choose.
■A Health Care Agent can only act under state law. “Mercy killing” is not allowed under Washington state law. A
Health Care Agent will NEVER be allowed to authorize “mercy killing,” euthanasia or any procedure which would
actually speed up the natural process of dying.
■When exercising his or her authority to make health care decisions for you when deciding on your behalf, the Health
Care Agent will have to act consistent with your wishes, or if they are unknown, in your best interest. You may make
your wishes known to the Health Care Agent by including them in this document or by making them known in
■When acting under this document the Health Care Agent GENERALLY will have the same rights that you have to
receive information about proposed health care, to review health care records, and to consent to the disclosure of health
1. Creation of Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care
I intend to create a power of attorney (Health Care Agent) by appointing the person or persons designated herein to make
health care decisions for me to the same extent that I could make such decisions for myself if I was capable of doing so, as
recognized by RCW 11.94.010. This designation becomes effective when I cannot make health care decisions for myself
as determined by my attending physician or designee, such as if I am unconscious, or if I am otherwise temporarily or
permanently incapable of making health care decisions. The Health Care Agent’s power shall cease if and when I regain
my capacity to make health care decisions.
2. Designation of Health Care Agent and Alternate Agents
If my attending physician or his or her designee determines that I am not capable of giving informed consent to health
care, I ______________________________________________, designate and appoint:
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