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Power of Attorney for Alabama

A power of attorney allows an agent to act on your behalf based on the terms of the document, whether a General Power of Attorney, Limited Power of Attorney, Child Care Power of Attorney or others.

Alabama Power of Attorney Law

knowledge of the death of the principal, acts in good faith under the power. Any action so taken, unless otherwise invalid or unenforceable, binds the successors in interest of the principal.(2) The disability, incompetency, or incapacity of a principal who has previously executed a written power of attorney that is not a durable power does not revoke or terminate the agency as to the attorney in fact or other person who, without actual knowledge of the disability, incompetency, or incapacity of the principal, acts in good faith under the power. Any action so taken, unless otherwise invalid or unenforceable, binds the principal and his or her successors in interest.(e) As to acts undertaken in good faith reliance thereon, an affidavit executed by the attorney in fact under a power of attorney, durable or otherwise, stating that he or she did not have, at the time of the exercise of the power, actual knowledge of the termination of the power by revocation or of the death, disability, incompetency, or incapacity of the principal is conclusive proof of the nonrevocation or nontermination of the power at that time. If the exercise of the power of attorney requires execution and delivery of any instrument that is recordable, the affidavit, when authenticated for record, is likewise recordable.(f) This section shall not affect any provision in a power of attorney for its termination by expiration of time or occurrence of an event other than express revocation or a change in the principal's capacity.(g)(1) A principal may designate under a durable power of attorney an individual who shall be empowered to make health care decisions on behalf of the principal, in the manner set forth in the Natural Death Act, if in the opinion of the principal's attending physician the principal is no longer able to give directions to health care providers. Subject to the express limitation on the authority of the attorney in fact contained in the durable power of attorney, the attorney in fact may make any health care decision on behalf of the principal that the principal could make but for the lack of capacity of the principal to make a decision, but not including psychosurgery, sterilization, abortion when not necessary to preserve the life of the principal, or involuntary hospitalization or treatment covered by Subtitle 2 of Title 22. A durable power of attorney executed pursuant to this section may be revoked by written revocation signed and dated by the principal or person acting at the direction of the principal, or being obliterated, burnt, torn, or otherwise destroyed or defaced in a manner indicating intention to cancel or by a verbal expression of intent to revoke made in the presence of a witness 19 years of age or older who signs and dates a writing confirming an expression to revoke.(2) Notwithstanding anything in this section to the contrary, an attorney in fact shall have the authority to make decisions regarding provision, withholding, or withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment and artificially provided nutrition and hydration but only a. if specifically authorized to do so in the durable power of attorney, b. if the substantive provisions of the durable power of attorney are in substantial compliance and if the durable power of attorney is executed and accepted in substantially the same form as set forth in the Alabama Natural Death Act, and c. in instances of terminal illness or injury or permanent unconsciousness, if the authority is implemented in the manner permitted under the Alabama Natural Death Act. All durable powers of attorney executed prior to May 8, 1997, shall be effective to the extent specifically provided therein notwithstanding the provisions of this subsection. The decisions made by the attorney in fact shall be implemented in accordance with the same procedures set forth in the Alabama Natural Death Act for health care proxies.(3) Any authority granted to the spouse under a durable power of attorney shall be revoked if the marriage of the principal is dissolved or annulled, or if the parties are legally separated or a party to divorce proceedings.(4) Subject to any limitation in the durable power of attorney, an attorney in fact may, for the purpose of making a health care decision, request, review, and receive any information, oral or written, regarding the principal's physical or mental health, including medical and hospital records, execute a release or other document required to obtain the information, and consent to the disclosure of the information.(5) Under no circumstances shall the health care provider of the principal or a nonrelative employee of the health care provider of the principal make decisions under the durable power of attorney. For purposes of this subsection, a health care provider is defined as any person or entity who is licensed, certified, registered, or otherwise authorized by the laws of this state to administer or provide health care in the ordinary course of business or in the practice of a profession.(6) No health care provider or any employee or agent thereof who in good faith and pursuant to reasonable medical standards follows the direction of a duly authorized attorney in fact shall, as a result thereof, be subject to criminal or civil liability, or be found to have committed an act of unprofessional conduct for an action taken thereunder. Any health care cost or liability for the cost associated with any decision made pursuant to this section shall be the same as if the health care were provided as a result of the principal's decision relating to his or her own care.(7) Any person who, without the consent of the principal, willfully conceals, cancels, or alters a durable power of attorney or any amendment or revocation of the agency or who falsifies or forges a durable power of attorney, amendment, or revocation for purposes of making health care decisions shall be civilly liable. In addition, those persons shall be subject to the criminal penalties set forth in the Alabama Natural Death Act.(8) Any individual acting as an attorney in fact under a duly executed durable power of attorney, which includes provisions which comply with subdivision (2) regarding health care decisions who authorizes the providing, withholding, or withdrawing of life-sustaining treatments or artificially provided nutrition or hydration in accordance with the durable power of attorney and pursuant to this subsection shall not be subject to criminal prosecution or civil liability for that action.(9) Nothing in this subsection regarding the appointment of an attorney in fact with respect to health care decisions shall impair or supersede any legal right or legal responsibility which any person may have, under case law, common law, or statutory law to effect the provision, withholding, or withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment or artificially provided nutrition and hydration in any lawful manner. In such respect, the provisions of this subsection are cumulative.(10) No physician or other health care provider, and no health care service plan, health maintenance organization, insurer issuing disability or life or health insurance, self-insured employee welfare benefit plan, nonprofit medical service corporation, or mutual nonprofit hospital or hospital service corporation shall require any person to execute a durable power of attorney with respect to health care decisions as a condition for being insured for, or receiving, health care services.(11) Nothing in this subsection regarding the appointment of an attorney in fact with respect to health care decisions shall impair or supersede the jurisdiction of the circuit court in the county where a patient is undergoing treatment to determine whether life-sustaining treatment or artificially provided nutrition and hydration shall be withheld or withdrawn in circumstances not governed by this subsection.(12) This subsection shall create no presumption concerning the intention of an individual, who has not executed a durable power of attorney regarding health care decisions, or any other advance directive for health care, or if the durable power of attorney, or advance directive for health care is executed, the durable power of attorney or advance directive for health care is ambiguous or silent as to a particular health care matter, to consent to the use or withdrawing or withholding of life-sustaining treatment or artificially provided nutrition and hydration. The terms "person" and "advance directive for health care" shall have the meaning as under Sections 22-8A-1, et seq.(13) A durable power of attorney executed in another state in compliance with the law of that state or of this state is valid for purposes of this subsection, but this subsection does not authorize the administration, withholding, or withdrawal of health care otherwise prohibited by the laws of this state.(14) Any durable power of attorney regarding health care decisions made prior to May 8, 1997, shall be given effect provided that the durable power of attorney was legally effective when written and artificially provided nutrition and hydration shall not be withdrawn pursuant to the durable power of attorney unless specifically authorized herein. Ala. Code 26-1-2 Durable power of attorney; appointment by court of guardian, etc., subsequent to execution of durable power of attorney; effect of death of principal upon agency relationship; affidavit by person exercising power of attorney as to lack of knowledge of revocation, etc.; health care power of attorney. (Code Of Alabama (2017 Edition))

The Alabama Uniform Power of Attorney Act is the law that allows you to appoint an agent to act on your behalf when you're unable to handle it yourself, due to an accident, illness, absence, or other reason. Some of the important things to know about this law are explained below:

  • A durable power of attorney stays effective if you become physically or mentally incapacitated. An power of attorney Alabama form is durable unless it contains language stating that it will be terminated by the incapacity, incompetency, or disability of the principal (creator). Section 26-1A-104
  • The document must be signed by the principal or someone signing on his/her behalf, as long as it's signed in the presence of and at the request of the principal. A notarized signature is presumed to be genuine if there's a dispute over the signature's authenticity. Section 26-1A-105
  • Unless specified otherwise, an Alabama POA form will be effective as soon as it is signed. However, you can create what is called a springing power of attorney form, which only takes effect after a specified date or event occurs. Section 26-1A-109
  • The termination of the appointed agent's authority can occur in various ways:
  • It is a nondurable power of attorney and the principal becomes incapacitated.
  • The principal dies.
  • The principal or a court appointed fiduciary revokes the document.
  • The purpose of the POA has been accomplished.
  • The power of attorney form states a terminating date or condition, which has occurred.
  • The agent dies, resigns, becomes incapacitated, or has his/her power revoked by the principal, and the power of attorney does not provide for another agent
  • The agent and the principal file a lawsuit for legal separation, annulment, or divorce, unless stated otherwise in the form. Section 26-1A-110
  • You can appoint co-agents or successor agents. If co-agents are appointed, their authority is effective during the same time period. Co-agents are presumed to have independent authority to act, unless stated otherwise. If you wish co-agents to agree on the matter before acting, you must state so. Successor agents have authority to act on the principal's behalf only when the previously appointed agent resigns, dies, becomes incapacitated, is disqualified to serve, or is otherwise unable to serve. Section 26-1A-111
  • The creation of a health care power of attorney is also possible. In a medical power of attorney form, the agent is granted authority to make medical decisions regarding the provision, withholding, or withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment and artificially provided nutrition and hydration for the principal. However, the agent must be specifically authorized to do so in a durable power of attorney that complies with the requirements of the Alabama Natural Death Act. Section 26-1A-404

General Power of Attorney

Q: What is a General Power of Attorney

A General Power of Attorney is a legal document which gives the person you choose (the agent) the power to manage your assets and financial affairs while you are alive. The document must be signed by you (the principal) while you have the required legal capacity to give your agent clear and concise instructions. The appointment may be for a fixed period and can be revoked by you at any time providing you still have the legal capacity to do so. A power of attorney ceases when you die. The executor named in your will then takes over the responsibilities of your estate.

Living Will and Health Care Power of Attorney

Q: What is a Living Will and Health Care Power of Attorney?

A: A Health Care Power of Attorney is a legal document that allows an individual to designate another person to make medical decisions for him or her when he or she cannot make decisions for himself or herself. In other words it names someone who stands in your shoes and tells the doctors what to do or what not do for you.

A Living Will is a document that allows a person to explain in writing which medical treatment he or she does or does not want during a terminal illness. A terminal illness is a fatal illness that leads ultimately to death. A Living Will takes effect only when the patient is incapacitated and can no longer express his or her wishes. The will states which medical treatments may be used and which may not be used to die naturally and without the patient’s life being artificially prolonged by various medical procedures. Although the term Living Will may indicate that it is a Will, in reality, it is more similar to a Power of Attorney than a Will.

Limited or Special Power of Attorney?

Q: What is a limited or special power of attorney?

A: A Limited power of attorney is one which is limited to a specific act or particular purpose. It is also referred to as special power of attorney. A limited power of attorney allows the Principal to give only specific powers to the agent.

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