A Pennsylvania Medical Power of Attorney Form is designed to give the Attorney-in-Fact power over the Principal’s medical treatments and health care. This is unique among Power of Attorney agreements, as Medical Power of Attorneys are governed separately from other Power of Agreements. In addition, Medical Power of Attorney agreements are the only Power of Agreements that require witnesses in Pennsylvania.
The Principal should be aware that, under Pennsylvania state law, a Health Care Power of Attorney agreement will not contain a Living Will. As such, if the Principal wishes for their Attorney-in-Fact to have authority over the Principal’s End of Life care, they should draft a separate agreement.