Tool #9 PDF: Guide For Health Care Proxies


American Bar Association: Consumer’s Tool Kit for Health Care Advance Planning


If you are in a position to make medical decisions for someone else, this guide is for you. If you have been named in someone’s medical power of attorney or other advance directive, then you may be referred to as the person’s proxy, agent, attorney-in-fact, surrogate, or representative. These are all essentially the same job. Even if you have not been named, you may be called upon to participate in medical decisions for close family or friends who are in a medical crisis and cannot speak for themselves.


© 2005 American Bar Association: second edition

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ABA Commission of Law and Aging

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