Colorado Medical Power of Attorney Form [PDF]

Authorize someone to make decisions about your healthcare if you become unable to do so by drafting the Colorado medical power of attorney.

Customized for ColoradoThis document may be legally binding in Colorado according to your state specific regulations.
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The Colorado medical power of attorney, or healthcare power of attorney, is a legal document that enables one person, called the principal, to give authority to another person, called the attorney-in-fact or an agent, to make important decisions about the principal’s healthcare if the principal becomes incapacitated.

The medical power of attorney can include various instructions regarding the principal’s healthcare preferences. They can request to be subjected or not to be subjected to certain types of treatments and be given certain medications.

Laws and Legal Requirements for a Medical Power of Attorney in Colorado

Laws and Legal Requirements

Section 15-14-506 of the Colorado Revised Statutes regulates the status of medical power of attorney in this state.

The witness or a notary public is not required by Colorado state law to acknowledge the principal's signature. However, it is always recommended that you sign the document before a witness or a notary and confirm the authenticity of the document.

The Colorado medical power of attorney will be revoked in the following situations:

  • If the principal passes away

  • If the principal issues a power of attorney revocation

  • If the primary agent is not able to act and there is no secondary agent

How to Write a Medical Power of Attorney in Colorado

To make a valid and effective medical power of attorney, your document must be in line with Colorado state laws and regulations. 

The following section provides a comprehensive guide on how to draft a valid and effective medical power of attorney.

How to Write a Medical Power of Attorney

#1. Access the Medical Power of Attorney Form

On our website, you will find the medical power of attorney template. All you need to do is fill it out according to your preferences. Our advanced document builder will guide you through the process, providing you with the necessary information at each step.

#2. Appoint a Healthcare Representative

Here, you should appoint the healthcare representative, also called the attorney-in-fact or the agent. They must be an adult with the legal capacity to represent you.

You should also choose someone you can trust, considering the importance of the authority you are delegating to them. The agent should also be someone who is physically able to appear before the healthcare center that provides the treatment, as well as represent your interests.

#3. Identify an Alternative Healthcare Representative

This is the secondary attorney-in-fact, or secondary agent. They will act only in situations where the primary agent is not able or willing to act. The secondary agent will have the exact same authorities as the primary agent.

You can appoint one, two, or more people as your secondary agents. In the medical power of attorney form, you should enter their full names, mailing addresses, and contact details.

#4. Provide Agent’s Rights and Limitations

Here, you will provide medical power of attorney rights and limitations that will define the agent’s scope of authority. You can provide which treatments and medications you want or don’t want to be subjected to. This may include preferences for life support, resuscitation, organ donation, and other medical interventions.

#5. Identify the Witnesses and Notarize the Form

Even though state law does not mandate it, you can always have one or more witnesses, or a notary public, attest to your signature on the document. This will confirm the authenticity of the medical power of attorney.

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