The Iowa medical power of attorney form allows residents to appoint an agent to make medical decisions for them if in the event of their incapacitation. It is important that the agent can be relied on to communicate the principal’s views and wishes regarding end-of-life medical options. Often, a blood relative, close friend, or spouse will be chosen to be the representative. An alternate agent should also be named in case the first (1st) one is unavailable when needed. The principal’s physician and their employees cannot be appointed as their health care agent.
Laws – Chapter 144B
Signing Requirements (§ 144B.3.1) – To be legally valid, this document must be signed by the principal, two(2) witnesses, and a notary public.