Advance Health Care Directive - Living Will and Health Care Proxy - Statutory Form
This power of attorney
must be in writing, signed by the principal, dated and witnesses by two
witnesses. The Principal should sign the power of attorney in the
presence of the witnesses.
Recording: This Power of Attorney need
not be recorded to be valid in Alabama. Section 35-4-28.
General: The Principal must be 19 years
of age or older. Section 22-8A-4 and 26-1-1.
Effective: This advance directive for health
care shall become effective when: (1) the attending physician determines
that the declarant is no longer able to understand, appreciate, and direct
his or her medical treatment;and (2) two physicians, one of whom shall
be the attending physician, and one of whom shall be qualified and experienced
in making such diagnosis, have personally examined the declarant and have
diagnosed and documented in the medical record that the declarant has either
a terminal illness or injury or is in a state of permanent unconsciousness.
AL-P023 is a Statutory Form: This form
is a Statutory form adopted by the legislature of Alabama. It is
a Living Will and Health Care Proxy in one form. The advance directive
for health care shall be substantially in the following provided, but in
addition may include other specific directions. Should any specific directions
be held to be invalid, the invalidity shall not affect other directions
of the advance directive for health care which can be given effect without
the invalid direction.
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