A Maryland medical power of attorney allows you to name someone else to make medical decisions. This person (called “agent”) must act in your best interests and is responsible for making crucial health care decisions if your doctor decides you’re too sick to communicate.
Statute: Maryland Code, Health-Gen. § 5-601.
Signing Requirements: If your form is written, you must sign in the presence of two competent witnesses. If you complete it electronically, you do not need a witness but must follow the signing requirements outlined in Md. Code, Health-Gen. § 5-601.1. You can also make an oral statement assigning someone as your health care agent in the presence of one witness and your attending physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner (Md. Code, Health-Gen. § 5-602).
Revocation: Your medical POA will be effective indefinitely until you revoke it. You can cancel your MPOA by destroying it, creating a new one, signing and dating a written document that states your invention to revoke, or making an oral statement to your healthcare practitioner that you want to revoke (Md. Code, Health-Gen. § 5-604).
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