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What is a durable power of attorney for health care?

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A durable power of attorney for health care is a legal document in which you name the person you want to make medical decisions for you if you're not able to make them yourself. Give this person a copy of your advance directives, and let them know your specific wishes regarding the kinds of lifesaving measures you do and don't want.

From: Getting Your Affairs in Order WebMD Medical Reference

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Casey Fields, manager, Capital Caring, Largo, MD.

Harris Interactive, Estate Planning Survey, April 2004.

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on October 29, 2017

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Casey Fields, manager, Capital Caring, Largo, MD.

Harris Interactive, Estate Planning Survey, April 2004.

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on October 29, 2017

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