Power of attorney for your health (Advance Directive)
You can give another person the authority to make decisions about your health care. This is called an “advance directive”, but it is also commonly called “power of attorney for health” or “medical power of attorney.” Unless otherwise stated in the advance directive, the directive goes into effect when you become too sick to make a decision about your care.
You can appoint someone to make medical decisions for you by completing the Maryland Advance Directive Form. Two witnesses must co-sign the form. The form does not need to be notarized. You or your agent are responsible for notifying your health care provider that you have an Advance Directive.
Read more information about Advance Directives at the Maryland Attorney General’s webpage.
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