Once you have signed the form, it is recommended that you make at least four copies. Keep the original yourself, and give copies to your Agent, Alternate agent, your physician, and anyone else who may be involved in treatment decisions if you ever become unable to make decisions for yourself. Copies of the form are as legally valid as the original. You may designate anyone over 18 years of age to be your Agent or Alternate Agent, except the administrator, operator or employee of a health care facility, such as a hospital or nursing home where you are a patient or resident, unless that person is related to you by blood, marriage or adoption.
This article is intended to be helpful and informative. But even common legal matters can become complex and stressful. A qualified estate planning lawyer can address your particular legal needs, explain the law, and represent you in court. Take the first step now and contact a local estate planning attorney to discuss your specific legal situation.