An Alaska medical power of attorney, also referred to as the “durable power of attorney for health care”, lets a person (“principal”) choose someone else (“agent”) to act for his or her best interest in making health care decisions when the principal cannot do so because of a mental condition. This form is commonly used among the elderly, high-risk diseases, and the terminally ill so that the families may be able to have clarity on the medical direction of someone by having one voice be the final decision-maker.
Laws – AS 13.52.010
Signing Requirements – Notary Public (AS 13.26.600)
The form must be completed before any type of tragedy should take place and be authorized by either two (2) non-blood related witnesses or a notary public.
The form also includes life-ending decisions in relation to organ donation, if life support should be an option, and who to select as the primary care physician during such an event.
Alaska Advance Directive (Medical POA & Living Will) Form