It commonly takes effect when you are no longer able to make health care decisions for yourself. Your primary physician will determine whether you have the capacity to make your own decisions, unless you specify otherwise in your Advance Health Care Directive. If you wish, the Power of Attorney for Health Care can immediately take effect.
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