Download and Use this form to assign someone else on your behalf to take Medical decisions in your Interest. This form will only be applicable in the State of Alabama.
Text Version of the Form
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STATE OF ALABAMA )
COUNTY OF )
DURABLE HEALTH CARE POWER OF ATTORNEY
KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS THAT I, _________________, of __________________,
City of _____________, County of ___________, Alabama, hereby make, constitute and appoint
______________________, whose address is ________________________________, to act as my agent
or attorney in fact, to make health care and related personal decisions for me as authorized in this
document. Should ___________________________ for any reason be unable or unwilling to act,
temporarily or permanently, then I appoint __________________, of ____________________________.
as such agent/attorney in fact, with the same authority.
By this document I intend to create a durable power of attorney upon, and only during, any period of
incapacity in which, in the opinion of my health care agent/attorney in fact, after consultation with my
health care providers, I am unable to make or communicate a choice regarding a particular health care
decision. This document is intended to complement and supplement any Advance Health Care Directive
and/or Durable Power of Attorney for financial matters that I may have executed or may execute in the
future. It is my desire to receive appropriate medical treatment so long as there is a reasonable hope of
recovery, but I do not want my life artificially extended beyond any reasonable hope of recovery to a
meaningful quality of life and I do not want to prolong the dying process. I do not intend by this document
to authorize or request euthanasia or assisted suicide but to avoid being unwillingly sustained in a condition
that is only a semblance of life; or to be allowed to endure pain for which there is treatment available,
whether or not recovery is possible.
I grant to my agent full power to make decisions for me regarding my health care. In exercising his/her
authority, my agent shall attempt to communicate with me regarding my wishes if I am able to
communicate in any way. If my agent cannot determine the choice I want made, then (s)he shall make the
choice for me based upon what (s)he believes I would do if I were able, or if unable to so determine, then
based upon what (s)he believes to be my best interests. I intend the power given to be as broad as possible,
except for any limitations in my Advance Directives or set out hereinafter. Accordingly, unless so limited,
my agent is authorized:
To consent to, refuse or withdraw consent to any and all types of medical care, treatment, surgical
procedures, diagnostic procedures, medications and use of mechanical or other procedures affecting bodily
functions; including, without limitation, artificial respiration, nutritional support and hydration, and
• To have access to and have the right to disclose medical reports, records and information to the
extent that I would myself;
• To authorize admission to or discharge from any hospital, residential care or related facility, even
against medical advice;
• To contract for health care or related services, without the agent incurring personal liability
• To hire and fire medical, social service or related personnel responsible for my care;
• To authorize or refuse to authorize any medication or procedure to relieve pain, even though such
use may lead to temporary discomfort or addiction, or inadvertently hasten the moment of death;
• To make anatomical gifts of part of all of my body for medical purposes,
• To authorize an autopsy and direct disposition of my remains, to the extent permitted by law, and
• To take any other action necessary to effectuate the intent and purpose of this broad grant of
powers, including, without limitation, granting any waiver of release from liability required by any
health care provider or related agency, and
• To sign any document relative to health care in any way whatsoever and pursuing legal action in
my name at the expense of my estate, should that be necessary to enforce compliance with my
wishes as determined by my agent pursuant to the authority given herein.
Without in any way limiting the broad powers herein granted, I express the hope that, circumstances
permitting, my agent will consult family and friends for their advice and support in arriving at what may be
difficult decisions; but the final decisions shall be that of my agent.
No person who relies in good faith upon any representation of my agent or successor agent shall be liable to
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me, my estate, my heirs or assignees, for recognizing the agent’s authority. Although no compensation of
my agent is contemplated, (s)he shall be entitled to reimbursement of any and all reasonable expenses
incurred as a result of carrying out any provision of this document.
Invalidity of one or more powers shall not invalidate any others.
I am in full control of my mental faculties and I understand the contents of this document and the effect of
this grant of powers to my agent.
Dated this _____ day of ______________, 201__.
I believe the Grantor to be of sound mind and able to make decisions of this kind. I did not sign his/her
name and I am not the health care agent. I am not related to the Grantor by blood, adoption or marriage,
and not entitled to any part of his/her estate. I am at least 19 years old and am not directly responsible for
his/her medical care or expenses.
Signature of Witness
Name of Witness
Signature of Witness
Name of Witness
I, the undersigned authority in and for said County in said State, hereby certify that __________________,
whose name is signed to the foregoing Durable Health Care Power of Attorney, and who is known to me,
acknowledged before me on this day that, being informed of the contents of the said document, (s)he
executed the same voluntarily, before the witnesses whose names appear above, on the day the same bears
Given under my hand this _________ day of _____________, 2002.
My commission expires:
SIGNATURES OF AGENTS
I, ____________________, am willing to serve as Health Care Agent.
Signature: ______________________ Date: ______________
I, _____________________, am willing to serve as Health Care Agent if the first-named Agent cannot
Signature: ____________________ Date: _______________