Understanding the Medical Power of Attorney in Colorado
Have you ever wondered what would happen to you if you were in a coma and needed to be on a ventilator? Who will give consent to your medical treatment, and for how long? You can make your medical treatment preferences known—including naming someone who will make health care decisions on your behalf—by completing an advance directive.
This guide will cover the specifics of a medical power of attorney in Colorado and show you how to get the document in less than five minutes using DoNotPay.
A medical power of attorney (MPOA) is a document that enables you to name someone who will make your health care decisions if you become incapacitated and unable to communicate them yourself. The person you appoint is called a health care agent (also known as a health care proxy, attorney-in-fact, surrogate, or representative—depending on the state). A medical power of attorney can also be called a:
- Health care proxy
- Health care power of attorney
- A durable power of attorney for health care
- Medical directive
- Advance decision
A MPOA is one type of health care directive recognized in Colorado. Others are:
- Living will—Allows you to list the end-of-life treatment options that you would and wouldn’t want to receive
- Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) directive—Instructs medical professionals not to resuscitate if your heart stops
- Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment form (MOST)—Provides instructions to the physician regarding which treatment to avoid or perform in case of an emergency
Colorado law doesn’t provide restrictions on who you can choose as your agent, but they must be:
- At least 18 years old
- Mentally competent
- Willing to serve as your health care agent
You can also select more than one agent, but consider the complications that would have on the decision-making process—such as disagreements regarding the best medical care options. It’s preferable to name an alternate agent who can take charge if the primary one is unable or unwilling to assume their role.
In Colorado, the agent’s authority can take effect immediately or when you become incapacitated. If you don’t specify the effective date or conditions, it takes effect upon signing.
While there is a suggested medical power of attorney form in Colorado, you can draft one that meets your specific needs. The basic sections of the form are outlined in the table below:
|MPOA Form Sections||Details|
|Appointment of agent and alternates||Provide personal info of your agent and alternate agent, such as name, phone number, email, and home address|
|Date of effect||Identify the conditions under which the document goes into effect|
|Instructions to the agent||List your wishes regarding the preferred medical treatment, including life-sustaining procedures. You can also limit the agent’s authority|
|Sign and date||Sign and date the form to make it legally binding|
Colorado is more flexible regarding witness and notary requirements than most states. In Colorado, medical power of attorney doesn’t need to be witnessed or notarized. Having the document notarized is recommended as the act adds legal weight to the document.
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Here are the steps you need to take:
- Sign up for DoNotPay
- Select the Advance Health Care Directive feature
- Answer our chatbot’s questions
You can answer more questions by checking out our knowledge base, for instance:
- Is a health care agent responsible for medical bills?
- What is the cost of creating a living will?
- What is a psychiatric advance directive?
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